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A bonesetter is a practitioner of joint manipulation. Before the advent of chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists, bonesetters were the main providers of this type of treatment. Bonesetters would also reduce joint dislocations and "re-set" bone fractures.
Author Evelyn Waugh, in his 1934 novel A Handful of Dust mentions the term in the following passage: "If Brenda had to go to London for a day's shopping, hair-cutting, or bone-setting (a recreation she particularly enjoyed), she went on Wednesday, because ..."
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- A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh. Back Bay Books,New York, 1999. p.47.
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