Happy Birthday, Mabel Palmer!

Mabel Palmer’s Birthday is coming up on June 5th, and we wanted to highlight some of her accomplishments in honor of that.

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Mabel teaching an Anatomy class at Palmer.

  • She received special training in Chicago for anatomy and dissection in 1906 and returned to Davenport to obtain her doctor of chiropractic degree.
  • She became an early faculty member at Palmer, and taught anatomy at Palmer for almost 40 years.
  • She wrote the Textbook on Anatomy in 1918.
  • She was charter president of Sigma Phi Chi, as the first undergrad Chiropractic Sorority.
  • She was elected president of Quota International and the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of America.
  • She also wrote two books about her travels around the world with B.J.

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Mabel was a valued adviser to B.J. Palmer throughout their entire lives, and throughout the different phases of the profession. She had a huge impact on the development of chiropractic and she deserves to be celebrated for that!

There was a reason she was considered to be the “First Lady of Chiropractic”, and the “Sweet-heart of the Profession”.

Happy Birthday, Mabel!



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