Pamphlets from Palmer College of Chiropractic (1970s)

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
April 10, 2020

During the 1970s, Palmer College of Chiropractic, which was the largest chiropractic school at that time, published about fifty 6-page pamphlets that chiropractors could distribute in their offices. Most claimed that the health problem described in the pamphlet would resolve after the chiropractor located and adjusted the supposedly relevant spinal misalignment, which the pamphlets referred to as “subluxations.” The back page of the pamphlets said: “Rather than administering drugs, your chiropractor determines if neurological complications are at the root of the problem; then he works to eliminate this basic cause, thus restoring and maintaining health. . . . It is to your great advantage to visit your doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis.” This was poor advice because chiropractors did not have sufficient training to diagnose or treat most of the conditions the pamphlets described. To access the pamphlets I collected, click here.