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Assessing the Oracle at the Fountain Head: BJ Palmer and His Times, 1902-1961

By |November 18, 2014|History|

Source Journal of the Association for the History of Chiropractic

bjThis article is from Volume 7, No. 1 of the Journal of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, 1987. From the text of the article, “It may be an understatement to observe that while it is quickly apparent that the opinions, writings, influence and impact of B.J. Plamer have blanketed the history and evolution of chiropractic, few objective studies have explored the inner workings of its “Developer”.

The article contains some fascinating insights . It mentions that the only in-depth interview and study of the early years comes from the research of a New York lawyer by the name of Cyrus Lerner. Lerner was a well-respected attorney and at one time had been personal counsel to Joseph Kennedy, the father of JFK. The manuscript produced in 1952 was massive, some 780 pages in length and provides insights not only into Palmer but into the state of chiropractic through the first half of the 20th century.

You can read the original paper here.

Mr. Lerner’s report as reproduced by Joseph C. Keating, Jr., Ph.D. for the Association for the History of Chiropractic can be read here.

Dr Keating’s notes for his many articles on chiropractic history are archived here at


Excerpt from the Chiro Org History Section

By |May 6, 2009|General|

An excerpt from the wonderful History archive that Dr. Joseph Keating entrusted to These pdf’s form the data source that Dr. Keating used for his many published articles on chiropractic history and are available for browsing.

Excerpted from the pdf on Clarence W. Weiant, DC.

“Chiropractic arrived so recently in Mexico, that the history of its
invasion into this new territory would hardly be worth relating, were
it not for the fact that in so doing I might convey to those who regard
Mexico as a prospective field of practice some idea of the conditions
they may expect to encounter.
When I left Davenport and THE PSC, it was with the exalted
notion that I was to be the pioneer Chiropractor of the whole
Mexican republic, but it was not necessary to go any farther than San
Antonio to have that notion dispelled, for there I learned through Dr.
Gurden , president of the Texas Chiropractic College, that three of his
graduates had already located in Mexican towns. The first, if I am
not mistaken, was Dr. S. Voquero, a native of South America, who, a
few months previous had opened an office in Monterey, in the state
of Nuevo Leon, northern Mexico, and the report was that he was
having noteworthy success.”