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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 145 THE YEAR THAT WAS 1911 PETERS It was not long before we were in daily conversation. When he found out I was from the PSC, he began to 'educate' me on the 'facts' about his 'raw deal' from his son B.J. On one occasion, in his apartment in the presence of his wife, he was berating B.J. and telling me his angle of the reason for his leaving Davenport. He became almost wild and highly excited and made statements which I knew were untrue. So I had heard enough and I let him have the facts as I knew them to be true. His wife Molly agreed with me and that made him more bitter than ever toward B.J. He made many very derogatory statements about his son and did not seem rational.30 Later in the year D.D. returned to Davenport and sought to work with B.J. in the management and teaching at the PSC. Once again, to the disappointment of both, the confict of personalities prevented this. D.D. associated himself with the Universal Chiropractic College located at the southwest corner of Sixth and Brady Streets, Davenport, just two blocks south of the Palmer School. But his relations there were also unhappy and he returned to California31 where he taught at the Ratledge College of Chiropractic.32 . DEVELOPMENTS AT THE PALMER SCHOOL Building Developments During 1911 the most important improvement was the addition of a printery. A complete shop costing over $8,000.00 was installed and all record sheets, bills, advertising and booklets were printed, folded, stitched or padded, punched, addressed, stamped and mailed by machinery. Over $80,000 was spent in printing and advertising during 1911. Frequently over $100 in postage was spent daily.33 Faculty Changes During 1911 T.J. Owens and C.R. McAdams left the faculty for private practice.34,35 R.E. McNamara DC, a 1910 graduate taught Physiology.36 James N. Firth, DC, PhC, a former school teacher and Principal of Public schools was a 1910 graduate and practised in Manistique, Michigan,37 where B.J. Palmer had practised in earlier years. He was called to the faculty, where he taught Symptomatology and Pathology.38 He was also in charge of Nerve Tracing and Assistant Director of the P.M. Clinics.39 Ernest A. Duval, DC, taught Hygiene, Orthopedy, Gynecology and Obstetrics.38 James F. McGinnis, DC, was teaching Dark Room Work, Spinograph Negative Reading and Technique of Spinography.38 Frank W. Elliott, DC, a 1911 graduate who had practised in Los Angeles was called to the Palmer School to act as Registrar and Director of Evening clinics.40 Harry E. Vedder, while still a student was teaching Physiology.38 Mittie P. Hall, also a student, taught Ethics.41 Two others, though not members of the faculty, were active on campus. W.L. Heath, father of Mabel Palmer, served as Outside Faculty Adjuster, while Alfred Baker Hender, MD, gave a series of lectures on technique of Obstetrics, Home deliveries, Minor Surgery, Toxicology and Gynecology.38 Hender, a native of Davenport, graduated from the Department of Medicine, University of Iowa in 1901. While engaged in the practice of medicine he became acquainted with D.D. Palmer and BJ, and delivered David Palmer, the only child of B.J. and Mabel Palmer. He became interested in and studied chiropractic receiving his degree in 1912, joined the faculty and acted as Dean, a position he held for some 30 years, while still practising obstetrics. By 1927 he had delivered 3,500 babies.42 Changes in Fee Structure During 1911 the PSC Resident Course was 12 months for a tuition fee of $200. B.J. announced that the 1912 course would be 18 months at a tuition fee of $250.43. Materials for the Profession Volume 6 of the Palmer Green Book series, The Philosophy, Science and Art of Chiropractic Nerve Tracing containing 789 pages was published in 1911 and available at a cost of $8.50 post paid.44 Also an expanded version of the 1908 1st edition of Volume 3, The Philosophy and Principles of Chiropractic Adjustment, now with 567 pages was published in 1911 for the price of $4.00 plus postage.45, 46. Clinics B.J. Palmer introduced a four-wheeled resting table into the clinics after he had tested them for six months in his private adjusting room. After a patient had been adjusted he was rolled from the adjusting table onto this resting table and was required to rest for 30 minutes to allow the adjustment to "set." He had noted that fewer adjustments were necessary as the correction of the subluxation was more permanent.47 Ernest A. Duval R. E. McNamara James F. McGinnis Mittie P. Hall James N. Firth Harry E. Vedder Frank W. Elliott
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