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Simon Senzon talks with Joe Foley about several of Joe’s recent papers on D.D. Palmer’s life and writings. Dr. Foley is one of the leading authorities on D.D. Palmer’s books. His research is helping to reshape the discipline of history in chiropractic.


  • Foley J,M. D.D. Palmer’s Second Book The Chiropractor 1914-Revealed. Chiro Hist. 2016;36(2):72-86.
  • Foley, J.M (w/ Valdivia, J.) T4 vs C2: Examining the conflicting statements of D.D. Palmer and B.J. Palmer regarding the Harvey Lillard adjustment. Chiro Hist. 2016;35(2):68-79.
  • Foley, J.M. Book Review: An early history of chiropractic; The Palmers and Australia by Rolf Peters. Chiro Hist.  2016;35(2):93.
  • Foley J.M. (w/ Faulkner, T.) The Science, Art and Philosophy of Chiropractic by D.D. Palmer: Identification and Rarity of Editions in Print with a Survey of Original Copies. Chiro Hist. 2015;35(1):36-45.
  • Foley J,M. D.D. Palmer and Phrenology. Chiro Hist. 2011;31(1):49-58.
  • Foley J,M. D.D. Palmer and Phrenology, letter to the editor. Chiro Hist. 2011;31(2):7-9.
  • Foley J,M. The Founder of Chiropractic Consistently Kept Things Secret. Chiro Hist. 2005;25(2):47-48.
  • Foley J,M. A Brief glimpse into the Early Life of Dr. Dave Palmer. Chiro Hist. 2003;23(1):33-38.

(Reprinted by permission of the Association for the History of Chiropractic.)

  1. Simon, good as usual.

    When I read Lerner, I thought the whole tone was anti Palmer, and bordering anti chiropractic. Didn’t he imply that BJ was in a hypnotic state his whole life.

    Who are the proponents of the pro-Langworthy history? Non Palmer Grads, medical historians?

    I think if you discredit DD and BJ you discredit all of the profession and therefore make it look like a historical quirk among many healthcare movements. Mesmerism, the Kellog brothers, etc.

    Didn’t the Lerner report have all the pages re Dave Palmer missing by the way – not that this is relevant to ur paper. If so where can I get a complete Lerner report, I would like to re-read it.

    Remember, If u can marginalize their leader, then u can marginalize their movement. Recent years have seen scholarly works saying Jesus, had a brother, was married etc. In Politics, the founding fathers, Columbus, all are being redefined, by those who have some skin in the game.

    Keep at it, usually to combat a negative, u have to put out 10 positives. 10 papers? good luck

    RHK DC

    Go BJ and DD!

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