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D.D. Palmer and Magnetic Healing

D.D. Palmer started practicing magnetic healing in 1885 in Burlington, Iowa after he studied under Paul Caster, a highly successful magnetic healer who practiced in Ottumwa, Iowa. That same year D.D. moved to Davenport, Iowa and opened his practice in the Ryan building, where the first adjustment on Harvey Lillard would happen ten years later.   He started small with…

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Dr. David D. Palmer: The Educator

  To celebrate the new Dr. David D. Palmer display on the 3rd floor of the library in the vertical case, this week’s blog post is going to highlight some facts about Dr. Dave’s life!   Childhood and Youth B.J. Palmer gave David numerous pets of varying kinds, which included a pair of white rabbits, a sea turtle, South American Macaws, and…

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The Last Time the Cubs Won in 1908…

Here’s a little bit of what was going on in the Chiropractic world the last time the Cubs won the World Series.   The very first Philosopher of Chiropractic degree was offered to B.J. Palmer!   D.D. Palmer establishes the Fountainhead School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma which later was relocated to Portland, and named the D.D. Palmer College of Chiropractic. D.D.…

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Digital Collections Update

You may or may not know that the Palmer archives department is constantly working on digitizing our materials and providing access to them through our Digital Collections on our website. Here is a brief explanation of the process. After we select items for digitization, our wonderful student workers are hard at work, scanning their little hearts out. After the archival quality…

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Haunted Palmer

This was my favorite blog post from last year, so we’re publishing it again this year! Being that it’s October, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the haunted spots on campus. These comical photos of the “ghosts” of West Hall were taken October 4, 1993. We’re unsure why they were taken, but West Hall is built on the…

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Chiropractic Health Month 2016

  This year’s National Chiropractic Health Month 2016 theme is #Chiropractic1st. The campaign hopes to promote chiropractic and other non-drug approaches to pain management before turning to more potentially dangerous options like prescription opioids, surgery, etc. You can help by sharing the message with these graphics and handouts! You can also “Share” them by going to our Facebook or Twitter pages, or the…

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Young B.J. Palmer & Herbert Flint the Hypnotist

When B.J. was young and his family was living in Davenport, his father, D.D. Palmer had befriended a vaudeville Hypnotist, Herbert Flint. In B.J.’s book, Fight to Climb, he recalls D.D. inviting Herbert over for dinner often. When Herbert was performing in Davenport, Rock Island, or Moline, he would ask B.J. and his siblings to be test subjects on stage at his…

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Hypnotism

For our 3rd floor October display, we’re highlighting HYPNOTISM. Our collection not only encompasses everything chiropractic, we also collect things under the scope of “alternative healing”, which is where hypnotism falls. Historically, hypnosis is something people from many different cultures around the world have been practicing, usually in the form of hypnotic-type meditation for many, many years. Before it was named “hypnotism” though,…

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Donations

We wanted to write our post this week about donations for those of you who are considering donating things but aren’t sure how or what we accept, or maybe you’ve already donated something and you’re wondering what we do with it! Here is an overview of the donation process, what we accept, what we don’t accept, and more! OVERVIEW Donations…

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Happy Founder’s Day!

“I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good.  Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was…

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