Peter Rome


In the United States in 1962, the Iowa Medical Association adopted a plan drafted by its attorney Robert Throckmorton. This Iowa Plan was aimed at thwarting the advancement of another legitimate health profession – chiropractic. The society was apparently concerned at the success and popularity of chiropractic as a potential serious competitor to its healthcare dominance. The plan was then adopted and actively implemented by the American Medical Association. It was ultimately found to be in serious breach of the anti-competitive trust legislation in the US.  Elements in this plan seem similar to some being used against the chiropractic profession in Australia. In order to learn from history, it is worth comparing the Australian politico-medical situation with aspects of the plan