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Religion of Chiropractic: Populist Healing from the American Heartland

Holly Folk


Chiropractic is the most common form of alternative medicine in the United States today, but its origins stretch back to the popular healing subcultures of the nineteenth century. This book focuses on two of chiropractic's earliest founders, Daniel David (D. D.) Palmer and his son, Joshua Bartlett (B. J.) Palmer, who established the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1897. It traces the history of ideas behind early chiropractic theory, as developed by the Palmers and their contemporaries and rivals. This book argues that a great deal of alternative medicine can be apprehende ... More

Keywords: alternative medicine, chiropractic, chiropractic philosophy, Daniel David Palmer, Joshua Bartlett Palmer, health, magnetic healing, metaphysical, populism, science and religion, spirituality, vitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632797
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Folk, author
Western Washington University