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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
150 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 X-Ray Department The X-ray Department of the Palmer School was created in 1910. By mid-October some 1000 radiographs had been taken and the department accepted requests for radiographs from the general public for which a charge of $2 per plate was made for non-patients.28 By the end of 1911 a total of 3000 spinographs had been made and the charge to non-patients had been increased to $3.00.83 OTHER SCHOOLS At the Universal Chiropractic College down the hill from the Palmer School graduation exercises were cancelled due to the serious illness of Dr Mead.84 Mabel E. Mead, DO, DC, had taken a three years course with a leading medical college in Chicago. She was said to be an enthusiastic instructor and took an individual interest in the advancement of each student. Being medically trained, she resorted to medication, but six weeks later she was still sick, her grippe had turned into pneumonia and she gave up her position with the college. B.J. mused how she would have fared if she had tried chiropractic instead of swallowing pills.85. Dr Ely, formerly of San Francisco, had been on the faculty a short time, but left the UCC.85 In addition to the schools listed in last year's paper28 the following schools started operating during 1911: The Crabtree Chiropractic College and Infirmary of Coffeyville, Kansas, was formed in 1911. It had a course of 8 months, but there was no class in session, therefore self-study correspondence, which meant the course could be completed in four months, or even three. Cost $150, books $10.86 International College of Chiropractic Spondylotherapy in Detroit, Michigan, located in a beautiful residential district overlooking the Detroit River and in easy walking distance from "beautiful Belle Island." 87 UNIVERSAL CHIROPRACTORS' ASSOCIATION The annual convention of the Universal Chiropractors' Association started on Monday, 28 August 1911 with an address by Mayor Mueller of Davenport, followed by a large parade down Brady Street with fying colours of the United States and the UCA, followed by a marching band, UCA offcers in carriages and the delegates on foot. A motion picture crew recorded the proceedings so that all delegates could present this to the public in their localities. In the afternoon the delegates were invited to observe the "Open Clinic" of the Palmer School, followed by a two hour paper presentation. In the evening they attended a public lecture by B.J. Palmer at the Burtis Opera House. On the following day, Tuesday, 29 August, the morning was reserved for the Annual General Meeting while the afternoon had another paper session. That evening was again spent at the Burtis Opera House with Elbert Hubbard presenting his lecture "Wealth, Health and Happiness." Wednesday started with a daylight boat trip on the Mississippi while the evening and the rest of the week was set aside for the presentation of papers on the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic.88 PROSECUTION AND PERSECUTION It seems that 1911 was the beginning of a more concerted effort by the medical establishment to eliminate the practice of chiropractic. A cursory search through The Chiropractor found that some 31 chiropractors had been arrested during the year. The prosecution and persecution of chiropractors had been going on since 1906 when D.D. Palmer was found guilty to "... publicly profess to cure and heal ..." and Shegataro Morikubo was found not guilty of practising osteopathy in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 1907. This was the frst case and frst victory of the legal team of the UCA.89 During July 1911 the secretary of the Indiana Board of Medical Registration and Examination, Dr W.T. Gott advised all chiropractors in the State of Indiana that they had been violating the laws of the state of Indiana, and unless they advise the Board within ten days that they have quit the practice of chiropractic they would be arrested and prosecuted.90 Bert Clayton, designer of the Hy-Lo Table. Courtesy Palmer College Archives. THE YEAR THAT WAS 1911 PETERS
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