Ratledge Philosophy Volume 2


Tullius de Florence Ratledge, DC, was one of the final students of D.D. Palmer, founder of chiropractic. Palmer died in 1913, several months after teaching a lecture series at the Ratledge School and five years after the two met. Ratledge’s extraordinary career as a chiropractor spanned 70 years and included 50 years of teaching. He championed chiropractic in California and around the United States as a pioneer of non-therapeutic chiropractic. His ideas were forged in the crucible of the early medicalization of the chiropractic paradigm. Ratledge philosophy included the observation that there is a characteristic innateness to matter, which was specialized in life’s ability to adapt to the environment. For Ratledge, chiropractic is distinct in point of view, practice, and science. His ideas represent a unique insight into chiropractic.

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Ratledge Philosophy Volume 2

“Dr. D.D. Palmer, in the early days, might have selected a more appropriate name for our science, -it fails to describe the science of chiropractic or its philosophy. This is unfortunate.

Freeing nerves from obstructive pressure could have been –and should have been- the universal keynote to all chiropractic expression.

In the matter of subluxation, it is my personal conclusion, relative to my personal knowledge of the manner in which D. D. Palmer, himself, described subluxations, that the term implied definite relationship to obstructive pressure on nerves. I would favor a chiropractic definition relative to subluxations to this effect: A vertebral subluxation is any relationship between any two contiguous vertebrae, either permitting, or causing, a degree, or degrees, of mechanical pressure upon a nerve, or nerves, sufficient to obstruct the transmission of nerve energy. Variations not causing pressure on nerves should not be classified as subluxations. Impingement of nerves, or nerve tissue, should be the criteria.

The definition of chiropractic philosophy, science and art and chiropractic practice should be defined for the rank and file of the profession.” – from the book

Ratledge Philosophy Volume 2 Contents

Chapter I. The Human Body
Chapter II. Life And Health
Chapter III. Chiropractic Wisdom
Chapter IV. Medical Practice
Chapter V. Physiologic Interpretation
Chapter VI. Adjusting
Chapter VII. Mental Health
Chapter VIII. Therapy

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Second Edition


November 17, 2014








6 inches wide x 9 inches tall

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