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Dynamic Chiropractic – February 8, 1999, Vol. 17, Issue 04

19th Annual Conference on Chiropractic History

University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic April 30 May 2, 1999

By Joseph Keating Jr., PhD
The Association for the History of Chiropractic (AHC) will hold its nineteenth annual Conference on Chiropractic History at the University of Bridgeport, College of chiropractic (UBCC) during the weekend of April 30 through May 2, 1999. The conference is an opportunity for doctors and students to learn about the century-long saga of the profession from the people who are actively engaged in its investigation. This year's Conference will include a dozen original papers (see Table 1) spanning a wide variety of topics and nearly the entire timespan of the profession. From straights to mixers and from politics to clinical innovation, this year's paper sessions promise to provide an intriguing glimpse at the story of chiropractic.

Table 1: Papers accepted for presentation at the Conference on Chiropractic History, 1999
  • "The lost legacy of D.D. Palmer" (by Nancy Colin, DC)
  • "Laid to uneasy rest: D.D. Palmer, 1913" (by Lawrence Siordia, MD, DC & Joseph C. Keating, Jr., PhD)
  • "Commonwealth laws in Massachusetts vs. early chiropractic pioneers, 1911-1915" (by Robert B. Jackson, DC, ND)
  • "C. Sterling Cooley: politician, Innate fundamentalist and Palmer historian" (by Joseph C. Keating, Jr., PhD)
  • "A history of chiropractic in Georgia" (by Mildred L. Kimbrough, DC)
  • "Did chiropractic care really help the little girl who had 'talking sickness?' Talk o' the town, 1921" (by John Hart, DC)
  • "Ruth Rose Ashworth-Cleveland: a pioneer's journey" (Jetta Nash, BA)
  • "Donald Campbell Sutherland: chiropractic statesman and diplomat" (by Herbert J. Vear, DC, FCCS (c) & Joseph C. Keating, Jr., PhD)
  • "The Bakkum chiropractic clinic and hospital" (by Barclay W. Bakkum, DC, PhD)
  • "Thomas T. Lake and endo-nasal therapeutics: pioneer medical-drugless ecumenism, 1938-1950" (by Russell W. Gibbons, BA, HCD)
  • "Discovering the 'cause' of long life: the Spears longevity research study of 1954-55î (by William S. Rehm, DC)
  • "Joseph W. Howe, DC, DACBR and the development of modern chiropractic radiology" (by Kenneth J. Young, DC)

The conference is one of several services provided by the AHC, which is a non-profit, membership society open to all interested persons. The AHC also publishes Chiropractic History, in which chiropractors and interested observers contribute their expertise to telling and interpreting the rich lore of the profession. The journal, which is indexed by the National Library of Medicine in its Bibliography of the History of Medicine, is published twice per year. Chiropractic History is distributed to all members of the AHC as a membership benefit. AHC membership can be obtained by sending your name, address and check for $50 ($20/year for students) to the AHC's executive director:

Glenda Wiese, MA,
Executive Director
Association for the History of Chiropractic
1000 Brady Street,
Davenport IA 52803 USA

In recent years the AHC has also become a publisher. Its first book, B.J. of Davenport: the Early Years of Chiropractic, was released in 1997 (order from FCER: 800-622-6309). Just a few months ago its second volume, A History of Chiropractic Education in North America: Report to the Council on Chiropractic Education, was released.

Founded in 1980 at Spears Chiropractic Hospital in Denver, the AHC held its first annual Conference on Chiropractic History at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. in 1981, and has held similar conferences each year since at various chiropractic colleges. This year's meeting at UBCC will be our first session at the nation's first university-based school of chiropractic. Situated on the Long Island sound about 50 miles northeast of New York City on the former estate of P.T. Barnum, the university will provide an amiable springtime environment for this event. Details concerning regristration for the upcoming conference can be obtained by contacting the college:

University of Bridgeport
College of Chiropractic
75 Linden Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06601 USA
Tel: (203) 576-4336
Fax: (203) 576-4351

We hope that all chiropractors of the northeast will take advantage of this special opportunity to visit the university and enjoy a weekend of reveries.

Click here for previous articles by Joseph Keating Jr., PhD.

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