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What Can Chiropractors Treat? (1906)

Bartlett Joshua Palmer -- usually called "B.J." -- was the son of chiropractic's founder and is considered responsible for chiropractic's survival and development. The passages below appeared in his book The Science of Chiropractic: Its Principles and Adjustments, published in 1906 by the Palmer School of Chiropractic. The sweeping nature of B.J.'s claims is one reason that the medical profession of his day regarded chiropractic as an unscientific cult. The Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation republished an unabridged version of Palmer's book in 1988.


Your Disease

B.J. Palmer, D.C. (1906)

We know where to find the cause of your ailments. There would be perfect action if the human mechanism was in proper position. We make it our special business to adjust any part of the skeletal frame that is displaced and pressing on nerves. Chiropractic corrects the cause of your trouble, then it is only natural, that you should be well. If you have any of the following ailments, stop taking drugs. Come to the Palmer School of Chiropractic Infirmary and have Chiropractic adjust the cause. . . .

Abscesses (any part of the body)
Apoplexy
Asthma
Appendicitis
Bright's disease
Brain fever
Bladder troubles
Bronchitis
Cancer (any part of body)
Constipation
Cataract
Cholera Morbus
Child Bed Fever
Catarrh
Colic
Consumption (Quick or chronic)
Diabetes
Diarrhoea
Dyspepsia
Dysmenorrhea
Dropsy
Dysentery
Deafness
Diphtheria
Emissions
Epilepsy
Eczema
Erysipelas
Female Diseases
Gleet
Fevers (all types)
Goitre
Gravel
Gall Stones.
Gout
Gastrodynia
Gonorrhea
Hernia (any part of abdomen)
Hysteria
Hay Fever
Heart Disease
Heart Burn
Hydrocele
Impotency
Insomnia
Indigestion
Insanity
Jaundice
Kidney Diseases
Liver Diseases
Lost Manhood
LaGrippe
Leucorrhea
Lumbago
Lupus
Mumps
Measles
Malaria Fever
Meningitis
Neuralgia
Nervous Debility
Ovarian Diseases
Pharynigitis [sic]
Palsy
Pleurisy
Paralysis
Pneumonia
Peritonitis
Piles
Quinsy
Rheumatism (any part of body)
Rupture
Sarcocele
Sciatica
Spleen
Scrofula
St. Vitus Dance
Spinal Meningitis
Spinal Diseases
Smallpox
Scurvy
Tumors (any part of body)
Typhoid
Urinary Diseases
Varicocele
Vertigo
Worms (any kind)
Whooping Cough
Womb
    (Inflammation of)
    (Displacement of)
    (Tumors of)
    (Polypi of)
    (Cancer of)

If your disease is not on this list, bear in mind that this chapter is not as large as a medical dictionary.


Early pictorial representation of Palmer's theory that
pinched spinal nerves are the cause of disease.

ILLUSTRATION NO. 43.

This illustration represents the trunk, branches and fruit of a tree. The trunk corresponds to the spinal cord, the branches to the nerves, and the fruit to the organs of the human body, as shown in the right half of the cut. Pliers are represented as pinching a limb, also the nerves which control the functions of the stomach, the results are immature worthless fruit, and a diseased stomach. In the human body, the intervertebral foramina are the pinchers. The vertebrae are wrenched, displaced, occluding the openings thru which the nerves pass. Chiropractors assert that this pressure causes 100 per cent of all diseases. The leaves and fruit are at the twig ends of the limbs. The organs of the body are at the peripheral endings of the spinal nerves. Disturbed functions in any other branch, or spinal nerve, would have shown similar results in other fruit or vital organs.

From: The Science of Chiropractic
by B.J. Palmer, D.C. (1906)

 

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