RW Stephenson, DC
Ralph W. Stephenson graduated from PSC in 1921 and started teaching in the philosophy department almost immediately. Stephenson\’s Chiropractic Textbook is a classic in the field. It includes the first exposition of the 33 Principles of chiropractic. These principles are still used today by many chiropractors as a source of philosophical inspiration and professional identity. They are still debated. The book goes into great detail on all things chiropractic and completes the ideas described throughout the 3rd wave of philosophy.
It is well known how B.J. Palmer endorsed Stephenson’s 1927 Chiropractic Philosophy text. Palmer displayed just as much praise, if not more, for Stephenson’s 1927 Chiropractic Art text. B.J. wrote,
“I regard this work as the finest and best work that has ever appeared on vertebral adjusting, giving us essentials alone, every fact strictly proven, minus goat-feathers, confining itself to demonstrated mechanistic principles which any scientist can read, try and find to be true. When our ranks can get a few more men like Dr. Stephenson who will devote themselves as laboriously as he has done, and will then place his genius and ability into print as accurately as he has done, Chiropractic will come into its own as another one of the exact arts which will stand the exacting scrutiny of time. If I could desire one wish, it would be that every chiropractor secure a copy of this work, study it intimately, sincerely and conscientiously, apply its teachings and, if he would, Chiropractic results would become more manifest and take another step forward increasing its percentage of successes.” (Foreword to The Art of Chiropractic, 1927)