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D. D. Palmer

The roots of chiropractic care can be traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded time. Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases".

Chiropractic history began in 1895, started by Daniel David Palmer in Iowa, who started a chiropractic school in 1897. The first chiropractic adjustment was on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard, who mentioned a few days later to Palmer that his hearing seemed better. The word "chiropractic" was coined from Greek root words by Rev. Samel Weed.  In 1906, D.D.'s son B. J. Palmer took control of the Palmer school of chiropractic. B.J. began to accept the use of technology such as X-rays within chiropractic care. Dr. Solon Langworthy was the first to use the word "subluxation", and published the first book on chiropractic, called "Modernized Chiropractic" — "Special Philosophy — A Distinct System", in 1906.  Interestingly, B.J. was quite inventive, too. In fact, he coined the radio business term--"broadcasting." Previously, broadcasting was an agricultural term meaning to throw out seeds (ideas). In 1924, B.J. had the first radio station west of the Mississippi, WOC (or, Wonders Of Chiropractic). In 1928 he purchased WHO (With Hands Only) in Des Moines. He wrote and spoke extensively around the country about radio salesmanship and the effective management of radio stations. He was a world traveler and writer, who spoke to folks all over the country, on his 50,000 watt clear channel stations, about his travels and chiropractic. He was a also a pioneer in television after the war, building a broadcasting empire to insure the future success of chiropractic.

Throughout the twentieth century, doctors of chiropractic gained legal recognition in all fifty states. A continuing recognition and respect for the chiropractic profession in the United States has led to growing support for chiropractic care all over the world. The research that has emerged from " around the world" has yielded incredibly influential results, which have changed, shaped and molded perceptions of chiropractic care. The report, Chiropractic in New Zealand published in 1979 strongly supported the efficacy of chiropractic care and elicited medical cooperation in conjunction with chiropractic care. The 1993 Manga study published in Canada investigated the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care. The results of this study concluded that chiropractic care would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually with regard to work disability payments and direct health care costs.

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