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Mabel Palmer: Overview

Mabel Palmer

 Mable Palmer portrait


June 5, 1881- March 30, 1949

Mabel Palmer signature

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This Guide

This guide focuses on the life and works of Mabel Palmer. You will find resources which are about Mabel Palmer and works authored by her, whether that be books, journals, pamphlets, manuscript papers or photographs. The guide is divided into the following pages:

  • Overview
  • Resources about Mabel
  • Authored by Mabel
  • Manuscript Papers
  • Photographs



Mabel Heath Palmer, D.C., Ph.C., an anatomist and foremost woman chiropractor is much heralded in the chiropractic field. She was a leader and inspiration to female chiropractors, successfully combining her role as wife and mother with teaching at Palmer for over four decades. Mabel founded the oldest chiropractic organization in the world, the Sigma Phi Chi Sorority, and authored the first chiropractic anatomy textbook, Anatomy (1918). She passed away in 1949.