ANSWERING THE FAN MAIL
I hope you have time to answer two questions, mostly because I don't understand your problem with this kind of healthcare and I would like to know more.If everything you are saying is true, Caduceus, why is it that chiropracticors are liscened and allowed to practice? Also, would you be more comfortable with chiropractics if they didn't have the title of doctor in front of their names?
1. Medical doctors are licensed by a board of medical doctors/examiners. Chiropractors, I believe are also licensed by a board, but of other chiropractors. Both have to meet certain criteria and/or pass exams to become licensed. As long as you have an acknowledged medical specialty, you can become "board certified" in that specialty after some period of training and passing a highly regulated exam. Chiropractics has a nationally recognized board and must meet certification to become licensed. Medical doctors have nothing to do with it, and shouldn't. I really have no idea what the certification or exam, if any, is like.
2. Honestly, I don't think that chiropractors should be called doctors. I also don't think that doctors of physical therapy or other non-MDs should be called "doctors" either. I know this sounds arrogant and self-righteous, but there is a simple reason. It confuses people. Most patients, especially the elderly, have no idea that one doctor is different than the next. They are used to the old time town doctor that was the local practicing physician (MD). These days, it seems like anyone who obtains some form of secondary education is called a "doctor". Everybody wants the title and feels like they've earned it after so much schooling, but the problem is that we are using a very powerful term to describe very different things. These doctors are completely different. You may not realize this but lots of small town "doctors" are actually Physician Assistants (PA) or Nurse Practitioners. Here is an extremely dangerous situation. Residents of these towns many times call these practitioners "doctor so-and-so" and think they are seeing a Medical Doctor. What really annoys me is that many times, these PAs and NPs don't correct the public and state they are indeed NOT doctors - further allowing the public to become more confused as to the services they are obtaining.
Chiropractors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners are not "doctors" as the public percieves the term doctor. Don't be mistaken, these are not the same as medical doctors.