The Chiropractor’s Protégé Paperback


The Chiropractor’s Protégé: The Untold Story of Oakley G. Smith’s Journey with D.D. Palmer in Chiropractic’s Founding Years by Dr. Timothy J. Faulkner, and edited by Simon Senzon and Alana Callender, documents the life of one of the first chiropractors. O.G. Smith spent more time with D.D. Palmer than any other student besides B.J. Palmer. Over the course of nearly four years, Smith played an important role in the birth of chiropractic as a science. Based on Smith’s journals, letters, advertisements, and other rare documents, Timothy J. Faulkner provides a new glimpse into the earliest moments of chiropractic’s formation. Through rare photographs and first-hand accounts, many of which have never been published before Faulkner shares Oakley G. Smith with the reader. The book is a treasure and includes photos of D.D. Palmer that were found along with Smith’s journal as well as stories and anecdotes about the founder of chiropractic that are refreshing and fascinating. This book is a unique contribution to the history of chiropractic.

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The Chiropractor’s Protégé: The Untold Story of Oakley G. Smith’s Journey with D.D. Palmer in Chiropractic’s Founding Years by Dr. Timothy J. Faulkner, is a must have for anyone interested in the earliest days of chiropractic. Faulkner’s research and the discovery of the OG Smith papers rewrites the founding days of chiropractic and offers new insights into D.D. Palmer and his first students. O.G. smith was probably his 10th student as well as his the chiropractor’s protégé.


Part I Starting the Journey

Chapter 1 Smith Family History
Chapter 2 The Apprentice
Chapter 3 More Education

Part II The Protégé Emerges

Chapter 4 The First Chiropractic Convention
Chapter 5 On His Own and Defining Sub-luxation
Chapter 6 Plagiarizing D.D. Palmer and Sub-luxation
Chapter 7 Oakley’s Testimonials
Chapter 8 The First Chiropractic Illustrator
Chapter 9 The Other Literature: Langworthy and B.J
Chapter 10 Letters, Tables, and Hepburn
Chapter 11 The Storey Story
Chapter 12 Letters, Friends, and Paxson
Chapter 13 Brother Kiros

Part III Student & Teacher as Partners

Chapter 14 Going West and Testimonials in 1903
Chapter 15 The Palmer Chiropractic School: Santa Barbara
Chpater 16 Santa Barbara Students and Letters
Chapter 17 Leaving California
Chapter 18 Chicago

Part IV Chiropractic Conflicts

Chapter 19 Leaving Palmer for the ASC
Chapter 20 Smith’s Locometer and Langworthy’s Tables
Chapter 21 School Announcements
Chapter 22 Politics
Chapter 23 Expert Witness
Chapter 24 Professional Turmoil

Part V The First Naprapath

Chapter 25 Modernized Chiropractic
Chapter 26 Subluxation and IVF Research
Chapter 27 A New Profession Emerges
Chapter 28 A Life Well Lived


Appendix 1 Journal Entries: December 1896 to June 1897
Appendix 2 Journal Entries: July 1898 to July 1899
Appendix 3 Journal Entries: July 1899 to January 1902
Appendix 4 Letters to Smith from 1900 & 1901

Additional information




First Edition


Association for the History of Chiropractic


May 4, 2017






6 inches wide by 9 inches tall

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