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Comments by Murray Katz on John Wiens' broadside on the Saskatoon inquestChiropractor John Wiens view of the inquest in Saskatoon is quite a remarkable spin. The Jury accepted just about everyone of my recommendations. They agreed the benefit was not known, they agreed the risk were not known, they said there should be a warning in every chiropractic office about the dangers. Hardly an endorsement of cervical manipualtion.
The chiropractic lawyer did try to question me but the Judge cut him off saying his questions were a personal attack and were not pertinent. I was the Coroner's expert witness summing up what was said. I had prepared a background paper for the jury which the Judge felt was not necessary when the chiropractic lawyer objected to it.
Are they trying to infer that Saskatchewan professor David Cassidy is to get the Nobel prize?
COMMENTS ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CORONER'S INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF LAURA MATHIASON
A) To determine the incidence of strokes associated with cervical spinal manipulations.
The Jury concluded that the incidence was not known and had to be determined by an independent source.
B) To determine the benefits and harmful effects that are associated with single and multiple cervical spinal manipulations.
C) To pursue development of effective screening tests that will identify patients who are at high risk of adverse complications when receiving cervical spinal manipulations.
2. We recommend that the Ministries of Health in Canada
B) Collaborate with Chiropractic Associations to ensure that the contents of the consent for treatment form be discussed by the Chiropractor and the patient at the initial visit,
D) After the development of the screening test(s) referred to in recommendation 1. C. Ensure that such test(s) be made mandatory before administering cervical spinal manipulation.
E) Increase communication and collaboration among all specialties in health care to maximize benefits and minimize risks inherent in cervical spinal manipulation treatments.
Typed from the handwritten document presented to Dr. John Nyssen by the Jury after hearing evidence into the death of Laurie Jean Mathiason.