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Special Reprint  |   March 1993
Chapman's reflexes: medicine or metaphysics?
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Special Reprint   |   March 1993
Chapman's reflexes: medicine or metaphysics?
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 1993, Vol. 93, 346. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.3.346
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 1993, Vol. 93, 346. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.3.346
Abstract

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.