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February 02, 1996 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-02-02

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Chiropractic Health Hints

WITH DR. S TANLEYLEVINE, D.C.

BRITISH RESEAR C HERS SHOW
CHIROPRACTIC MORE EFFECTIVE

historical buffs can see
Napoleon's death mask.
Modern physicians who want
to be on call at all hours but still
hit the town, like those fun-lov-
ing does on "ER," will be inter-
ested in a collapsible stethoscope
on exhibit. Designed by Dr.
Theophile Laennec, the stetho-
scope could conveniently fit into
a top hat.

filled with fun tools to care for
those tootsies. Also on display are
old-fashioned chairs in which pa-
tients once sat during treatment.
There are hundreds of docu-
ments, books and journals about
podiatry. Who would have
thought? There's The British
Journal of Podiatric Medicine and
Surgery, The American Associa-
tion for Women Podiatrists
Newsletter, and the first-known
publication on foot care, The
Bron:xPedic News. Sounds
like fast-paced reading!
Barbara Williams
serves as archivist
and director of the
Center for History
of Foot Care and
Foot Wear. She's a
woman with a
keen knowledge
of her field and
sense of humor,
but she's
pained by what
people do to their
feet.
Take the whole
concept of the "lo-
tus" foot. This was
a Chinese practice
of binding a girl's
foot so it would grow
toes pointed down,
It's also comforting to learn making the length of the foot no
how much surgical techniques longer than 4 inches (3 inches
have changed over the years. The was the ideal).
museum's collection includes
At first the pain was excruci-
skulls from 2,000 years ago ating. Eventually, though, circu-
which had been bored through lation stopped and the foot was
("trepanning," in professional lin- essentially dead. The whole idea
go) in an effort to cure insanity, was to please men, who inex-
blindness, epilepsy and release plicably found lotus feet" erotic.
"evil spirits." O000h. Creepy.
Although forbidden for the
Finally, no trip to the Museum past 350 years, Chinese parents
of Surgical Science would be com- bound their children's feet until
plete without viewing the his- the early part of this century.
torical documents, such as those Thank heaven for revolutionar-
by Versalius, an early advocate - ies. Sun Yat-sen was responsible
of human dissection.
for stopping this grotesque prac-
Don't go on an empty stomach. tice; after all, women needed to
work, too.
t's the perfect museum for
But don't think bizarre
Prince Charming — or Dos- footwear was limited to the Chi-
toyevsky.
nese. Among the museum's trea-
The Shoe Museum, located sures is a 6 1/2-inch-heel black
at the Pennsylvania College of shoe from the turn-of-the-centu-
Podiatric Medicine, is home to ry United States.
a real glass slipper and more
Don't laugh. If the mod look of
than 700 other shoes certain to the '60s could come back, any-
interest your favorite foot thing is possible. ❑
fetishist (like Dostoyevsky).
* The Museum of Question-
The museum opened in 1976
able
Medical Devices is located
and features footwear from
throughout the decades. There at 219 S.E. Main St., Min-
are high-button shoes, children's neapolis, MN 55414, (612) 379-
shoes, men's satin wonders from 4046.
* The Macaulay Museum of
the 19th century and, most im-
portant, celebrity wear. Visit the Dental History is at 171 Ashley
museum and you can see what Ave, Charleston, SC 29425,
once graced the feet of Ringo (803) 792-2288.
* The International Museum
Starr, Lucille Ball, Jack Nicklaus
of Surgical Science is at 1524 N.
and Nancy Reagan.
The College of Podiatric Med- Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL
icine also is home to the Center 60610, (312) 642-6502.
* The Shoe Museum is at the
for History of Foot Care and Foot
Wear. Established in 1981, the Pennsylvania College of Podi-
center has the world's largest col- atric Medicine, Eighth and Race
lection of foot-care parapherna- streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107,
lia, including an antique (215) 625-5243. Open by ap-
pearl-handled traveling case pointment only.

I

In this study made by the Medical Research Council, 'chiro-
practic treatment was shown to be more effective than hospital
outpatient management. The results were especially significant
for patients with chronic or severe back pain. This is one of the
only studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of chiropractic
care on a tong-term basis. As the abstract states: "Conclusions
— For patients with low back pain in whom manipulation is
DR. ROBERT LEVINE AND not contradicted, chiropractic almost certainly confers worth-
DR. STANLEY LEVINE
while, long-term benefit in comparison with hospital outpatient
management. The benefit is seen mainly in those with chronic or severe pain.
This particular study has made a very strong case for the inclusion of chiro-
practic care in the National Health Service of Great Britain. This research illus-
trates the cost effectiveness of the inclusion of chiropractic treatment in national
health care as well supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment.
Another point of great interest is the statement that the effects of chiroprac-
tic treatment seem to be long-term, as the study showed no return to pre-
treatment pain levels during the two years of follow-up.

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