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D.D. Palmer: About D.D. Palmer

Daniel David Palmer

D.D. Palmer

THE FOUNDER

March 7, 1845- October 20, 1913

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Biography

Daniel David Palmer was born in Pickering, Ontario, to parents Katherine McVay and Thomas Palmer, on March 7, 1845. He moved to the United States in 1865 and took up magnetic healing in Davenport, Iowa around 1880. His office was located in the Ryan Building on Brady St., during 1895, when he cured Harvey Lillard, an African American janitor with impaired hearing by adjusting the misalignment in his spine.

D.D. Palmer developed the theory that the misalignment of the spine was an underlying cause of all "dis-ease". He developed a new discipline called Chiropractic and opened the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in order to teach his Chiropractic techniques to others. After his incarceration, he passed on the school to his son B.J. Palmer in 1906 and moved west to open new chiropractic schools in Oklahoma, California, and Oregon. Palmer died in Los Angeles of typhoid fever in 1913.

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D.D. Palmer adjusting a patient

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