The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Herrity

September 10, 2013

The Great Chiropractic Debate

Although Chiropractic was founded by D.D. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa, Clinton is also a root of this modern practice of spinal manipulation for healing. A patient of Palmer’s took the Greek words cheiros-(healing) and pracktikos- (with hands) to coin the word “chiropractor.” Both chiropractic and osteopathy were developed just before the turn of the Twentieth Century, and the first class to be graduated from the Palmer Chiropractic Infirmary was in 1897.

 

Dr. A.T. Stills was a Civil War physician and started Osteopathy in 1874. Stills and Palmer both felt a strong abhorrence to the medical field of their day, with its blood- letting and leeches, unsanitary surgeries, unnecessary amputations, and patent medicines. Their new areas of expertise both centered on manipulation of the spine, but disagreed as to the primary cause of disease. Dr. Palmer focused on subluxation or misaligned vertebrae, with concentration on nerves. Dr. Still’s theories centered upon bones, muscles, and uninterrupted blood flow through the arteries.

 

Back in about 1906, an unusual occurrence happened in Clinton -- witnessed and retold by Dr. B.J. Palmer, who was in his mid-twenties about that time. He referred to it as “The Bonesetters’ Summit.” As noted previously, The Mississippi Valley Spiritualist Association held annual summer Chautauqua’s at Mt. Pleasant Park and, that year’s highlight was a rather heated exchange between Dr. D. D. Palmer, of Davenport, and Dr. A. T. Stills of Kirksville, Mo. It might have been an impromptu debate, since both men were interested in spiritualism and regularly attended these events, or it may have been a formally scheduled one.

 

The shouting started almost immediately as Stills open with a burst of “You’re a Thief! You stole my work and labeled it chiropractic!” As B.J. remembers it, “Old Dad Chiro” (as D.D. referred to himself), countered with, “How can I steal that which you never owned?”

Text Only
Herrity
  • 4-14-14 Longman service Clinton hero laid to rest

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill.-- After 70 years, Lt. Louis L. Longman, of Clinton, finally has been laid to rest with full military honors in the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. First Lt. Chaplin Jacob Grenier, of Muscatine, performed Catholic burial rite

    April 12, 2014 4 Photos

  • Drive-in theatre dominant Clinton's own drive-in theater Spring brings many thoughts, but taking the family out to see a big-screen movie at the Clinton Drive-In Theatre on Iowa 136 and North 16th Street is sadly no longer an option. Large families were thirsting for family activities after World War II.

    April 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • Longmann 70 years in the making: WWII soldier to be honored Imagine three boys, orphaned in the midst of the Great Depression, moving from Minnesota to an adjacent state to live with extended family. How hard it would be to lose both parents and, then, have to move away and take up a new life in a strange tow

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dale Gardner astronaut collage Let's celebrate our successful people There are many famous and successful people who have called Clinton home. We need to celebrate their lives as well as all of their contributions. Recently, former astronaut Dale Gardner, 65, died. He and two other astronauts have connections with Cli

    March 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • Lyons photo for Herrity column HERRITY: Residents have pride in neighborhood

    To this day, thousands of Clintonians say, "I was born and raised in Lyons." Founder Elijah Buell first set foot on the banks of what would become Lyons, Iowa in 1835. He built a cabin, laid out a town, platted the community, raised a family, sold

    December 6, 2013 1 Photo

  • Dem Convention.jpg Famous Clinton Lawyers

    Clinton lawyers in our history are a group of hugely contributing citizens.

    September 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • slides0-R1-E042.jpg Dances in Lyons and Clinton

    Remember when people danced and they actually touched? There are still a few folks left who can “cut a rug.”

    September 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • The Roundhouse.jpg Railroads Made Clinton Famous

    Most people would associate Clinton history with sawmills; however, without the railroad, no sawmills would ever have existed in this community.

    September 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • Albany ComCntr.jpg Historic Albany, Illinois

    Albany historian and journalist Helen Hanson is gone, and with her, many thoughts and memories about her lovely, historic hometown of Albany, Illinois.

    September 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • Volckmann at Surrender.jpg “We Remained” and “We Won!”

    It is incredible that Colonel Russell Volckmann survived at all, let alone as Public Enemy Number One of the Japanese, who hunted him like a dog!

    September 27, 2013 1 Photo