Student Finds: Health Knowledge

Health Knowledge CovereditedAnatomy can be pretty tedious with all of those confusing pictures and diagrams.  Well fret no more!  In this detailed “Health Knowledge” book by J.L. Cornish, M.D. from 1928, your list of favorite children’s books will now include this anatomy text! With layered pop up illustrations, anatomy has never been so fun. Stop by the archives today to see all the entertaining pop-up images or find an unknown treasure of your own!


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We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.

Related Materials:

Health knowledge: a thorough and concise knowledge of the prevention, causes, and treatments of disease, simplified for home use


Did you know about “Ask a Librarian”?

Ask a LibrarianAre you trying to do some research and need some help in finding a resource or an article?  The library can help instantly! Click on the “Ask a Librarian” under the Research Tools and connect with a librarian.

You can either email a question or chat with a librarian in real time, if the message “Welcome to LibChat “ appears in the Live Chat box.

This tool in meant to give you access to professional help you need when needed.

Please use the service and “Ask a Librarian” for help!

— Phyllis

Recently Researched: WOC Radio

PCCDOI 412 WOC color postcard low resWe recently had a request for general information about the WOC Radio Station. WOC is the acronym for the World of Chiropractic radio station and was revolutionary in promoting the chiropractic profession.

B.J. Palmer purchased the radio station in March 1922, and it soon became part of the Palmer School campus. The station increased its range with the installation of a 500-watt transmitter.

There were reports that WOC was picked up far and wide, even international listeners could hear WOC. Programming included local and national news, weather reports, musical shows and educational lectures, many about chiropractic. B.J. Palmer used the radio station to reach out to the community, promoting the ideals of chiropractic.

WOC is best known as being the first commercially licensed radio station west of the Mississippi and for its famous employee, the future U.S. president Ronald Reagan, hired in 1932 as a sports announcer.

WOC became WOC-TV and began television broadcasts on October 31, 1949. The Palmers owned the WOC broadcasting station for over 70 years.

We have lots of resources produced by WOC, including programing schedules and many articles in The Chiropractor that go into detail about some of the equipment used.

Come visit us to see our resources about WOC Radio.  We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.



Related Materials:

WOC Radio Libguide

Davenport’s WOC AM-FM-TV

A Visit to WOC

Edward Murphy – a new addition to our team: Welcome!

EWM Family photoMeet Edward (Ed) Murphy – Our New Branch Manager Librarian at the FL campus. He joined the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library April 13, 2015

Ed will oversee the day to day library operations for the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library – Florida campus.  In addition to providing research assistance and library instruction for the students, staff and faculty, the Branch Manager Librarian will serve on numerous steering and environmental committees for the College. 

Ed is very student-centered and is always looking for ways to improve the student – library experience and is used to being on the other side of the computer, both as a student and as a researcher.

Ed received his BA in Literature (1996), and his Masters of Library and Information Science (1999) from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.  He has over 15 years of academic library experience and has worked at the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and most recently, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University libraries.

His publication credits and research interests are in the areas of new and emerging library technologies and with virtual/extension services for libraries.

In his spare time Ed likes to travel with his wife and their two huge hound dogs, he likes to fish, camp, go 4-wheeling in his jeep, or generally to just be outdoors, and to take photographs of everything so everyone can share in the fun!

We look forward to working with Ed as we advance our Library and College towards reaching institutional goals.


Newly Acquired: Diplomas and Class Composites

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We recently acquired the Palmer School of Chiropractic diplomas and class composites belonging to Dr. Harrison B. Zook, who graduated from Palmer on March, 1920 with his Doctor of Chiropractic.

We have a nice six item set which documents his time as a student at Palmer.  These items come in their original frames and include his graduation diploma, his class composite, his post graduate diploma, his initiation certificate of the Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity and a composite of his fellow members.  The latter is a great addition to the archives. We have other Delta Sigma Chi composites but they are mainly from the 1920s.  Dr. Zook’s composite comes from the 1917-1918 school year so this donation fills in a gap in our collections. We rely on these early class and fraternity composite donations to document the students who attended early on in the school’s history as the Palmer yearbooks did not start until 1921. Also included in the donation is a certificate from the Iowa State Board of Chiropractic Examiners that awards him registered chiropractor status.

Come visit us to see our newly acquired materials or contact us if you are interested in making your own donation. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Links:

Palmer Archives Donation Guide

Resource of the Month: National Library Week Display

NLW display--IMG_8698This week we are celebrating National Library Week at the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. This is a time for taking advantage of your library’s resources!

In Special Collections, we have a small display on B.J. Palmer which contains some fun facts and photographs spanning his life. Some of the images you are already familiar with, others might be new and worth looking to learn more about B.J.

Here are some fun facts, which are illustrated in the display:

Did you know?

Fun Fact—Dressed to Impress: B.J. Palmer wore suits made of only one kind of suiting—homespun material made at Ashville, North Carolina. He also loved to dress up in costumes for special occasions.

Fun Fact– Prolific Writer: All of B.J’s books were written on a special electric typewriter designed with an extra-long carriage. Often David D. Palmer would wake at daybreak to hear the “Clickety clack” of his father hard at work.

Fun Fact– The Circus: B.J. Palmer was a huge circus fan. He owned the Twin Hemisphere Band Wagon, the largest in the world. He even rode an elephant on Brady St.

Fun Fact– Palmer Chiropractic School and Cure: In 1902, B.J. Palmer graduated from Palmer Chiropractic School and Cure. He was secretary of the school and even signed his own diploma! He took over as president in 1906.

Come visit us and check out the display or to learn more about our resources. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Materials:

The Palmers : A Pictorial Life Story : Memoirs of David D. Palmer

  1. J. of Davenport : The Early Years of Chiropractic

Barnum and Bailey Two Hemispheres Band Wagon : The Greatest Show Wagon On Earth

NEW DynaMed™ Mobile App!

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Are you interested in getting the latest updates in patient care on your phone?  Dynamed has released a new mobile application that is easy to download and use. This application is a great feature for clinicians and students to supplement knowledge in patient care.  Some of the features that might be of interest to users are:

  • Ability to access content offline
  • Bookmark Favorites
  • Email topics
  • Ability to write and save notes about particular topics

Checkout our tutorial which gives you the information on how to download the application to your phone at:


Student Finds: The Giant Book of Wickedly Creepy Anatomy

GiantAnatomyBookPageAs I was strolling through our special collection, I stumbled upon this giant book. My first thought was “Woah! This thing is huge!” This was closely followed by “The Fabric of the human Body…that’s pretty creepy.” I set the book down and opened it to a random page only to find a ridiculously obscure and horrific picture of a contorted, seemingly alien body. As it turns out, this book is a translated version of a 1543 anatomy book!

The pictures and verbiage is, to say the least, peculiar and fascinating. The detail and accuracy of what is shown shocked me. Our medical predecessors were far more advanced than I ever gave them credit; I highly recommend that everyone takes a look at this book. Whether you like history or anatomy, or merely are curious about medieval medicine, come to the archives (L103) and look at this masterpiece of human ingenuity.


Related Materials:

The Fabric of the Human Body

JAMAevidence has moved to a new platform!

JAMAevidence has moved to a new platform Feb 2015 Pict JPEG.docxThe newly enhanced JAMAevidence  features cutting-edge technology that includes advanced mobile responsive design, updated content, including the third edition of the Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, customized curriculum tools to improve the overall learner experience, and cross-site search functionality to arm the student and professional with more capabilities to make better clinical decisions, gain greater insights, and achieve better outcomes.

Please check out the new JAMAEvidence site at your campus library page.


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–Phyllis’ pick for the week!

Recently Researched: Chiropractic Themed Sheet Music

Chiro--My Miracle ManWe have recently organized our collection of chiropractic themed sheet music and had some researchers take advantage.  We have some great songs.  One of my personal favorites is “Chiro: My Miracle Man”, copyrighted in 1920 by The Chiropractic Scientific Club, words by J. Freeman Otto and C.W. Marek. The lyrics go: “Chiro, my chiropractor he is a miracle man—he takes fee-ble men, Snaps the spine and then, Zingo! Bingo! Then they’re young again!”
The Chiropractor March composed by W.T. Williams in 1914 has a very striking illustrated cover. On the back of the sheet music is a description about how W. T. Williams suffered from Epilepsy and dedicated the song to the two Massachusetts chiropractors who helped him.

The Chiropractor March

Heres to the PSCWe have quite a few songs that are chiropractic in nature but most of the songs we have are Palmer School songs. “Here’s to the P.S.C.” has words by Harry E. Vedder and music by Melvia N. Burich.  Palmer students would often sing and show their patriotism for the school. “How do you do B.J. You’ve got some rep! We’re full of pep. Here’s to the P.S.C.”


Nothing like a good chiropractic sing song to brighten anyone’s day!

Come visit us to learn more about chiropractic themed music. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Materials:

The P.S.C. psalterium : a collection of songs composed for and sung at “Melting Pots” and other chiropractic occasions

Chiro—My Miracle Man