The Fifth Wave of Chiropractic Ideas 1949-1961

The fifth wave of chiropractic ideas 1949-1961 was another significant period in chiropractic history. Not only did B.J. Palmer complete sixteen books in but other important works were published as well. Jim Drain’s magnum opus Man Tomorrow was published in 1949. His unpublished We Walk Again was completed in 1955. Tullius de Florence Ratledge’s copyrighted notes for The Forum were published as The Philosophy of Chiropractic in 1949. In 1951, Fred Illi published his Lifeline and in 1954, R.O. Muller published Autonomics in Chiropractic. Other seminal works during this period include J. Robinson Verner, Clarence Weiant, and RJ Watkins‘  Rational Bacteriology and Weiant’s Chiropractic and Medicine. In education, John Nugent had a big impact on the profession and in technique, there were many like Henri Gillet, Hugh Logan, Otto Reinart, and Clarence Gonstead

B.J. Palmer’s texts stand out as a culmination of his life’s work. The Palmer collection recently digitized his Answers from 1952 and Fame and Fortune in 1955. B.J. Palmer’s work was embodied in his Research Clinic. Palmer collections also digitized the 1950 First-Day Introductory Instructions and General Information About, Intended for and Directed to Patients Entering the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic. and Homecoming Programs from 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955. 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960. and 1961. These documents give a great perspective on B.J. Palmer’s last years.

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