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J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1993 Mar;93(3):346, 349-52.

Chapman's reflexes: medicine or metaphysics?

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Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Athens 45701-4577.


Clinical medicine is a pragmatic discipline. Because of its aim to alleviate pain and suffering as well as to foster well-being, its practitioners can be lulled into thinking that there are times when basic science is irrelevant to the practice of medicine. This attitude is evaluated by comparing a 19th century medical curiosity, the nasogenital reflex, to a set of reflexes, the little used and little known Chapman's reflexes. We must always attempt to substantiate the principles of clinical medicine.

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