The Third Wave of Chiropractic Ideas 1916-1927

The third wave of chiropractic ideas 1916-1927 was a pivotal period for the profession. Several significant textbooks were published by school heads such as B.J. Palmer, Joy Loban, Arthur Forster, Alva Gregory, Willard Carver, Shelby Riley, and Jim Drain.

Other significant contributions came mostly from Palmer faculty and alumni like Shegetaro Morikubo, Jim Firth, John Craven, Steve Burich, Harry Vedder, Mabel Palmer, and R.W. Stephenson.

The books that came out of the Palmer School became known as the Green Books.

During this period B.J. Palmer published several pamphlets, reissued new editions of his books, and lectured widely on his success philosophy Selling Yourself. He also published the first version of his collection of epigrams As a Man Thinketh., and Round the World with B.J. in 1926. Simon Senzon’s book Success, Health, and Happiness reorganized the epigrams according to topic and set in a context. A four-hour course on B.J. Palmer’s life includes a lecture on his thoughts on success. It is available for TIC Members and also for CE credit.

The Palmer School of Chiropractic was a vibrant place during this wave. The Palmer Collections recently posted a digital version of the 1921 Tour Through the PSC, as well as yearbooks from 1921, 1922, 1923, and also the 1918 handbook of the Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity. along with homecoming programs from 1916, 1917, 1919, 1921, and 1923. This spirit was captured in James Leroy Nixon’s book.

Other important events during this period include Arthur Holmes’ text on Malpractice, Dossa Evins’ invention of the Neurocalometer, and the political conflicts in the profession between ACA and the UCA.

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