Dynamic Chiropractic – April 22, 1996, Vol. 14, Issue 09

A Celebration of Chiropractic History

By Editorial Staff
SPARTANBURG, South Carolina -- Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic will welcome speakers and guests to the 16th annual meeting of the Association for the History of Chiropractic (AHC), May 3-4.

The nine papers which were selected for presentation are:

  • Chiropractic Heritage, Paul Gaster -- by Robert Jackson, DC


  • Alma Arnold, Clara Barton, The Triangle of Health -- by Mr. Russell Gibbons


  • Remembering Dr. Lyle Sherman -- by John Hart, DC


  • The Role of the Encyclopedic Howard System in the Professionalization of Chiropractic: National College 1906-1981 -- by Ronald Beideman, DC


  • The Short Life and Lingering Influence of the American Chiropractic Association 1922-1930 -- by Joseph Keating, PhD


  • Hole in One, A History of Its Founding -- by Jetta Nash, Claire Johnson, DC, Bart Green, DC


  • Subpoenaed, Dr. Leo Spears -- by William Rehm, DC


  • Advertising in Chiropractic 1939-1949: An Introspective Look at the Early Years of the Chirogram -- by Claire Johnson, DC, and Bart Green, DC


  • George Goodheart and the History of Applied Kinesiology -- by Bart Green, DC and Ray Gin

The AHC was formed 15 years ago when a group of 13 DCs and three laypersons met at Spears Chiropractic Hospital in Denver, Colorado. The group assembled in anticipation of the need to chronicle the history of the chiropractic profession.

The AHC has since held conferences on 12 chiropractic college campuses, and at the National Museum of American History. The Association has also published 24 journals from papers presented, and has sponsored the book, Chiropractic: An Illustrated History. The AHC also created an exhibition of chiropractic history that was featured at both chiropractic centennial celebrations; the exhibition has now been secured by national medical library and association listings.

The Lee-Homewood Chiropractic Heritage Award, the AHC's highest honor, has been presented at 13 of the 15 Association conferences. The award is given to a living person who has made a "distinguished career contribution, of lasting significance, toward the advancement of chiropractic in the scientific and academic communities, and has also contributed toward public acceptance of the profession."


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