Part 3: Passing the Torch – Leadership Transition and Identity Crisis
This segment details the shift from B.J. Palmer’s regime to his son David’s leadership. Dr. Crowder notes David’s more subdued passion for chiropractic and struggles to find direction, despite openness to ideas. Internal politics and external pressures are discussed, including David’s resistance to new chiropractic colleges. The Palmer identity crisis is framed in contrast to B.J.’s crystal clear goals for advancing chiropractic’s interests.
- David Palmer’s different relationship with chiropractic
- Lack of hardcore conviction seen in his father
- Defensiveness toward perceived threats to Palmer
- Missing the sharp vision B.J. held of priorities
- Challenges exerted by both internal and external factors