Chiropractic History and Philosophy

The Founder of Chiropractic: Some notes on DD Palmer

This narrative gives the 19 September 1895 as the date on which Palmer became one of the first health practitioners to realise the health of a person, as the host, played a role in disease.

Indexing terms: Palmer, chiropractic, adjustment, host

Cite: Peters RE. The Founder of Chiropractic: Some notes on DD Palmer. Asia-Pacific Chiropr J. 2020;1:010 DOI

DD Palmer’s theistic spin on biology and the modern effort to hide it

'… a large hunk of our profession continues to fracture away from subluxation-based care. Medically minded chiropractic educators sneer at the work of our founders and poison the minds of fledging chiropractic students using straight chiropractors’ alleged belief in vitalism and other non-material constructs as part of their constellation of arguments against the validity of the science-end of subluxation. Why should we keep handing them that card?’

Indexing terms: Palmer, theism, chiropractic

Cite: Seiler E. DD Palmer’s theistic spin on biology and the modern effort to hide it. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2020;1:034 URL

Yesterday when I was young

'we need our research and academic community to step up and aid chiropractors in clinical practices that don’t understand how to share their valuable information in publications. There really doesn’t have to be a schism between clinicians and researchers but this will continue if we keep our eyes closed ... there are powerful factions in our chiropractic research and academic communities that are seeking to eliminate our chiropractic technique systems.’

Dr Blum is an experienced chiropractic clinician, a well-published researcher, and Research Director of the Sacro Occipital Technique Organization, USA 

Cite:  Blum C. Yesterday when I was young [Reflection]. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2020;1:025 DOI

A philosophy for chiropractic education in the 21st Century

The future of chiropractic education is explored with an emphasis on the need for an institutional philosophical frame-work. Evidence-informed predications are offered with a brief summary and desired outcomes

Indexing terms: chiropractic, education, curriculum, philosophy, trends

Cite: Ebrall P. A philosophy for chiropractic education in the 21st Century. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2020;1:036 DOI

Reflections of a chiropractic historian

This paper continues an annual series commenced within the pages of the Chiropractic Journal of Australia which celebrates the life of Mary Ann Chance as a woman of chiropractic, being the daughter of Dr Hugh Chance and close to BJ Palmer. Mary Ann, or MAC to her friends, guided with her husband Rolf Peters the CJA for some 30 years until her sudden death

This 2020 Memorial Paper is written by a quiet achiever in the field of chiropractic history, Alana Callender. First, an English teacher. Then, a librarian. And then a historian

This paper is published in the ‘historical narrative’ style based on insights gained during the research and teaching processes. Dr. Callender has produced numerous historical articles and books over her career. Her capstone work, Dr. Palmer: Chiropractor, World Traveler, Author, Lecturer, Civic Leader, Mother and Wife, will be published by the Association for the History of Chiropractic in 2020

The Journal will announce the release of this text in due course


'Librarians are your best detectives when it comes to writing a complete history. Chiropractic needs many more writers of history. Why don’t you give it a try?

Indexing terms: chiropractic, history

Cite: Callender A. Reflections of a chiropractic historian. Mary Ann Chance Memorial Paper. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2020;017 DOI 

The reason for remembering significant people

'Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.’ Marcus Aurelius

The Journal remembers Mary Ann Chance and this paper helps to explain why. This Editor was trained by MAC and even today can not place a comma without trepidation I will be ‘called out’. This is a ‘must read’ paper for every Palmer alumnus

Cite: Peters R. The reason for remembering significant people: The story of Mary Ann Chance and why our profession is what it is in Australia today. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2020;1:029 DOI

Remembering: Events that made chiropractic (2020)

Cite: [title of piece]. In Remembering: Events that made chiropractic. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2020;1:012 DOI


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