Chiropractic History

The anchor image for this section 'Chiropractic History' conceptualises 'history' as 'information into our mind, then behaviours and actions out of our self'

Our actions and behaviours shape our tomorrow, and without an understanding and appreciation of chiropractic's history, we lack an appropriate foundation to make chiropractic's tomorrow

After all, if what we think, say, and do today is the same as what we thought, did, and said yesterday, then chiropractic's tomorrow will be yesterday again

We appreciate Gore Vidal's delectable perspective that 'History is idle gossip about a happening whose truth is lost the instant it has taken place'  and that the most rewarding histories are informed works of fiction

The Journal also appreciates that 'Well-behaved women seldom make history' attributed to both Marilyn Monroe and Eleanor Roosevelt who probably appropriated it after Anne Boleyn; we know it was documented in 1976 by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in a 1976 article about Puritan funeral services 

For this reason we encourage reports of the significant contributions made by women to our profession, without aspersing their behaviours

One such woman is Mary Ann Chance and two papers here celebrate this doctor’s contribution to our profession. The reflection by Alana Callender is a delightful encouragement for more doctors to also become historians, and we welcome this notion by publishing Dr Callender’s work as the Mary Ann Chance Memorial paper for 2020

But who was this woman and why does she deserve a ‘memorial’ paper in her honour? The answer is told by her husband and life-partner Rolf Peters. We are delighted to do as Mary Ann herself would have done, to publish a paper that breaks conventional boundaries. This backgrounder is published by the Journal as a ‘love story’. It gives us all cause for reflection about our own meagre contributions. 

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

Remembering: Events that made chiropractic (2020)

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

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 


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