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!

Dynamed Moblie App Pict

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.


Jama Evid logo

–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

Natural Standards Database Changes Name to Natural Medicines Database

NaturalMedicineNatural Standards database, a heavily used resource at Palmer College of Chiropractic has changed its name to Natural Medicines database.  What’s new in the database?

  • More topics and more clinically relevant, bottom line-focused information, including rigorous evidence-based ratings for over 1200 Food, Herb, and Supplement monographs
  • Over 90,000+ entries for commercial dietary supplement products including product data and ratings using the evidence-based NMBER® system
  • An improved interaction checker featuring the ability to check interactions between prescription drugs and 90,000+ commercial dietary supplements and natural ingredients
  • An improved drug-supplement interaction data including evidence-based interaction severity ratings
  • An Effectiveness Checker that enables quick comparison of the effectiveness of different natural medicines for specific condition
  • Natural MedWatch feature that provides adverse event reporting at the point of care and allows you to quickly submit adverse event reports related to dietary supplements, print reports for patient charts, and data share with colleagues

“Natural Medicines offers quick access to comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information on foods, herbs, supplements and natural therapies. Monograph sections include interactions, adverse effects, allergies, efficacy, pregnancy/lactation data and mechanism of action. English, French & Spanish Patient Handouts are available.”  If you have not used this resource, we suggest you take a look at the database and its new features.

— Phyllis


Newly Acquired: B.J. Palmer Clinic Booklet

BJ Palmer Chiropractic Clinic BookletWe recently acquired a B.J. Palmer Clinic Booklet (1935) from a generous donor. Although we already have copies of this particular publication, this one is in great condition and is a limited edition. It is hardbound rather than softbound like the others and has gold accents on the cover and has decorative end pages. Not only is this a very well-crafted and attractive book, but it is an excellent resource with valuable information for chiropractic researchers.

Limited edition




It has exterior and interior shots of what the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic looked like, details about the staff who worked there, the goals and mission of the institution, details about how the chiropractic profession has grown though B.J. Palmer’s outreach efforts and statistics on how many people have attended his teachings through the Annual Lyceum.


Chiropractic Clinic info

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:

The B. J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic

A report of our B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Research Clinic : a statement to the field

Endpapers                     Images in Clinic

Student Finds: Miranda’s Farewell Message to Palmer Students

Special CollectionsThis is my last blog post. At the end of the last week before break, I left to go to my preceptorship in Des Moines, Iowa. I will be returning to Palmer to graduate in June, making it official. As my time comes to a close, I want to tell you all of the things that I would have wanted to know about the Library and its Special Collections Department.

As a student, I had always heard about the mysterious Archives. There was always this tantalizing door across from L101 that I would walk by and wonder what mysteries laid behind it. I even considered escaping a few Cervicals classes in there – don’t tell Dr. Gindl! – but I never went inside. Why? Because I didn’t know how it worked. The Special Collections Department is a resource unique to The Fountainhead and now is your best time to utilize it.

So how does it work?

The Collections are ordered by subject. You can come in and ask to see everything about animal chiropractic or the history of Activator Methods. Also, Dr. George Goodheart made a huge donation and as a result, one can thoroughly see the history of Applied Kinesiology. Collections are also ordered by people. One of my favorite collections is that of Dr. Herbert Reaver, the most jailed chiropractor. In his file are the memories and histories of his jail time.

If you’re not sure what to look at, you can simply come in and ask the librarian to see something that they would recommend. Some of the coolest items in the Archives are things that you wouldn’t even think of, like the stamp or the postcard collections. Try and stop by between classes or during breaks, if you are in Davenport!  It is for sure worthwhile!


A new search engine for Cochrane Library!

cochraneCochrane has launched a new and improved website for the Cochrane Library. Along with an updated look and feel, they have added the following features and enhancements:

  • Improved navigation: The side is easier to maneuver due to a clean menu interface;
  • Mobile optimization: read and navigate the Cochrane Library effortlessly on tablet or mobile phone screens;
  • Better browsing: ability to browse Cochrane Reviews by topic or by Review Grou

While the look and feel of the website may be new, it still has the same high-quality information in the database. We encourage you to go to your campus library page and become familiar with the new Cochrane Library format.

— Phyllis.

Creating New Learning Spaces: Part 2 – The Physical Space @ the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

2. Designing Physical Spaces: Port Orange, Fla., campus

floor plan

The David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library at the Port Orange, Fla., campus has more than 8,000 square feet of space and sits on a beautiful campus surrounded by palm trees. Beginning this March, the facility will undergo major renovation that will upgrade the space and provide several benefits such as:

  • Create an open flow between the north and south sides of the building to provide access to the main courtyard through the building instead of around it;
  • Improve space functionality and flow;
  • More study rooms: from one study room to seven rooms that accommodate different needs for quiet or group studying;
  • A more secured area for the collection;
  • A learning commons for socializing and student learning.


The Library renovation will begin March 30. The new and improved David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library will reopen its doors on the Port Orange campus prior to the summer 2015 quarter.

These are some of the exciting projects going on at the Library. This is an amazing time of change as we move this institution forward. I am both grateful and honored to be a part of this great community.


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