The Chiropractic Classics series is designed to introduce the fourth generation of chiropractors to their deep roots in the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic. Our plan is to continue to offer free content including entire books when possible. We are also working with Integral Altitude and SenzonLearning.com to republish several books that were almost lost to history (or buried in archives). Please check out our latest acquisitions and publications!
C.S. Cooley with D.D. Palmer's tome and photo
- Segmental Neuropathy (1965)
- D.D. Palmer's The Chiropractor (1914)
- Forster's The White Mark (1921)
- Stephenson's Art of Chiropractic (1927)
- Carver's History of Chiropractic (1936)
- Watkins' Basic Principles
- Lerner's Report (1952)
- Chiropractic Education & Politics
- A History of Chiropractic Education
- Chiropractic History: A Primer (2005)
The latest free book we have obtained permission to reproduce online is Segmental Neuropathy originally published in 1965. The book is a pioneering look at chiropractic, vertebral sublxation, instrumentation, and neuropathy or “any derangement of neural activity.” The book is quite extraordinary. We were able to produce also produce it as a hyper-linked pdf with high resolution reproduced images. The book was reorganized and introduced by Stevan Walton, D.C. Dr. Walton also added eight appendices of supporting material to the text. Thank you Steve! Enjoy:
The Chiropractor (1914)
by D.D. Palmer
D.D. Palmer’s second book, The Chiropractor (1914) was published posthumously by his widow. It was republished in 1921 as the second Volume IV, by his son B.J. Palmer. As introduction to the heavily edited tome, which included both book, B.J. acknowledged that his father only wrote these two books.
The White Mark (1921)
by Arthur Forster
Forster was the head of anatomy and dissection at the early National School, Palmer’s main rival in the early chiropractic history. His only philosophical ruminations focused on disputing the Palmer’s idea of Innate Intelligence. Unfortunately, not only does he define the term incorrectly (effectively making his argument pointless) but his text Principles and Practice of Chiropractic was used for decades in all of the “mixer” schools. This book is a compilation of his editorials as the editor of National’s journal.
History of Chiropractic
by Willard Carver
Willard Carver’s text History of Chiropractic (1936) caused quite a stir in its day. Back in 1908, Carver started publishing chapters as part of his school’s newsletter. B.J. Palmer found the stories about the break up of him and his father D.D. Palmer, in the change of ownership of the Palmer school. B.J. sued Carver for $50,000. The suit was dropped and the chapters were redacted. Joe Keating retyped and reconstructed the manuscript in 2002. At the end of the book is Carver’s detailed explanation of the philosophy of chiropractic after thirty years as an educator. We hope you enjoy it.
Basic Principles of Chiropractic Governance (1944)
by C.O. Watkins
C.O. Watkins (not to be confused with R.J. Watkins) is considered the grandfather of the CCE.
This text was C.O. Watkins’ manifesto.
The Lerner Report (1952)
by Cyrus Lerner, JD
Lerner’s Report is flawed, interesting, fascinating, biased, and very entertaining. It also contains some novel interpretation of actual historical facts as well lots of speculation. Overall, it is biased against B.J. Palmer, which is probably why it sat unpublished in the Palmer archives for 40 years before Keating typed it up and posted it online. All in all, it is worth the read but please don’t take it as historical fact. Read lots of other articles about it. You might start with my blog post on Chiropractic Revisions and Chiropractic Honesty.
A Report on Chiropractic Education & Politics (1979)
by Armstrong, Weiss, and Moore
This is another important text to understand how the modern conflicts within chiropractic arose and how at least one side of that conflict levied charges of conspiracy against another.
A History of Chiropractic Education in North America (1998)
by Joseph C. Keating, Jr., Ph.D., Alana Callender, M.S., Carl S. Cleveland, III., D.C.
This book is made available by the Association for the History of Chiropractic. Please become a member today.
This is one of the most important books to read if you want to understand today’s chiropractic. The history of chiropractic is the history of chiropractic education. Enjoy:
Chiropractic History: A Primer
by J.C. Keating, Jr., Ph.D., C.S. Cleveland, III, D.C., & Michael Menke, D.C.
This text is available from the Association for the History of Chiropractic.
Overall it is a good introduction except for the mistake about the Morikubo trial, which recent historical scholarship has disproved. See my blog post on Chiropractic Revisions to learn more about paradigm changing view of the early philosophy of chiropractic. Even with this is significant flaw, other basic facts of chiropractic history are clearly explained.