BJ Palmer Private Clinic Davenport, IA, c. 1946

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  • 1845-1913
  • 8/14/1882-5/27/1961 (78yrs)
  • BJ Palmer, D.C., PhC center (Circle). To his right is Lyle Sherman, D.C.(director) and to his left is Kenneth Cronk,M.S.,D.C. (Director/lab)
  • “The Golden Era of Chiropractic”.
  • “The Golden Era of Chiropractic”.

  • Rooms at the entrance of the clinic.
  • Rooms at the entrance of the clinic.
  • President of The National Broadcasting Co. Painting on silk on right is a Tibetan 17th century museum piece.
  • President’s Office. On the desk is a dwarfed pine, “Ming Tree”. It is over 200 years old, lives and grows without water. Paintings on silk on wall are 17th century Chinese paintings, museum pieces, of the Emperor and Empress Dowager.
  • MD’s on staff would perform the medical case history and perform the physical examination and render a medical diagnosis. Blood and urine analysis were performed. Then referred to the chiropractor for analysis and adjustment to the upper cervical spine only.
  • Knee chest and side posture adjusting tables, resting chair. In the early 1950’s BJ Palmer went over to the side posture adjusting table.
  • Lead lined to keep out any waves of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Pattern analysis was used to determine when to adjust. The average number of adjustments in twenty eight (28) days was ONE!
  • HIO Toggle recoil on the knee chest adjusting table.
  • First L frame for alignment.
  • Cervical x-ray chair on ball bearings for easy movement of the patient.
  • Headclamps to stabilize the patient once he or she was positioned in a neutral position.



  • The Kuhn Protractorscope. By its use, mathematical measurements are used in comparing changed positions of vertebral subluxations before and after adjustment. All directions and angles are possible
  • Technician wears leaded glasses, heavily leaded apron and leaded gloves for his protection against long exposures.
  • Full spine and upper cervical specific x-ray view box’s.
  • Clinic professional work and conferences. Current case files. A large vault contains the thousands of old case files. Every case file is cross-card-indexed for instant reference. Our case librarian can refer to any case, or any history of any case almost instantly. It is frequently referred to by Chiropractors who have referred or are referring their cases here for research study.
  • Clinic professional work and conferences. Current case files. A large vault contains the thousands of old case files. Every case file is cross-card-indexed for instant reference. Our case librarian can refer to any case, or any history of any case almost instantly. It is frequently referred to by Chiropractors who have referred or are referring their cases here for research study.
  • Thirty seven in the clinic, Ambulance cot rest room, has no rest bed, because the ambulance cot substitutes.
  • Kennth Cronk,D.C.,M.S director





  • Postural Analysis.
  • Postural Analysis.

  • Pre/Post X-Rays.
  • Kenneth Cronk,D.C,M.S.director.
  • All patients receive pre/post tests.



  • One of the most extensive labs in the world.





  • BJ Palmer studied extensively real bones. He was particularly interested in the shapes of the occipital condyle’s and the foramen magnum (asymmetry).
  • Skull, atlas & axis. Calvarium removed. Transparency. This is a valuable specimen .Read the description first before studying specimen. Study specimen. Then read the description again. Study A-P as well as P-A. Laterals also reveal much. The small base, on which rests the glass jar, revolves on a larger base below. It turns hard purposely. After studying one direction, then revolve it slowly to another direction, until you have seen all four sides. But, always remember to change positions slowly.










































  • BJ Palmer Private Clinic Davenport, IA, c. 1946

    1. 1. D. D. Palmer – Founder of the Chiropractic Profession BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    2. 2. B. J. Palmer – Developer of the Chiropractic Profession. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    3. 3. BJ Palmer Private Clinic Staff... 1946 BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    4. 4. BJP Private Clinic Building on Palmer Campus Davenport, Iowa BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    5. 5. BJP Private Clinic Building on Palmer Campus Davenport, Iowa BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    6. 6. Ambulance would pick patients up from the Train Station. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    7. 7. Main Entrance of Clinic BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    8. 8. Main Entrance of Clinic BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    9. 9. One of several Offices to manage BJ’s enterprises. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    10. 10. One of several Offices to manage BJ’s enterprises. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    11. 11. Another of BJ’s Private Offices BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    12. 12. Physical Exam Room BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    13. 13. Physical Exam Room BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    14. 14. NCM Reading and Adjusting Room BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    15. 15. Shielded, Grounded, NCM Reading Booth BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    16. 16. Shielded, Grounded, NCM Reading Booth BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    17. 17. Neurocalometers and Neurocalograph BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    18. 18. BJ Palmer Giving an Adjustment BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    19. 19. Precision Spinograph X-Ray equipment BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    20. 20. Precision Spinograph X-Ray equipment BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    21. 21. X-Ray Positioning Seat Unit BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    22. 22. Precise Patient Positioning BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    23. 23. State of the Art X-Ray Equipment BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    24. 24. State of the Art X-Ray Equipment BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    25. 25. X-Ray Dark Room and Viewing Room BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    26. 26. X-Ray Dark Room and Viewing Room BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    27. 27. The Kuhn ProtractorScope BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    28. 28. The Kuhn ProtractorScope BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    29. 29. Fluoroscopy BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    30. 30. X-Ray Reading Room BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    31. 31. X-Ray Reading Room BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    32. 32. BJ’s Consultation Offices BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    33. 33. BJ’s Consultation Offices BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    34. 34. The After Adjustment Resting Rooms BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    35. 35. The After Adjustment Resting Rooms BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    36. 36. The Chemical Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    37. 37. The Metabolism Test Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    38. 38. Audiocardiograph, Electrocardiograph, Electrocardiophone BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    39. 39. Audiocardiograph, Electrocardiograph, Electrocardiophone BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    40. 40. Shielded, grounded recording Heartometer laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    41. 41. Animal Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    42. 42. Microscopic Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    43. 43. Conturgraphometer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    44. 44. Conturgraphometer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    45. 45. Photographic Studio BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    46. 46. Comparative Spinographic Color Graph Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    47. 47. Biological Chemical Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    48. 48. Blood Test Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    49. 49. Chemical Research Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    50. 50. Chemical Research Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    51. 51. 128 separate forms are used to record all the information gathered during the patient’s stay at the BJ Clinic. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    52. 52. Osteological Laboratory. The finest Specimen Collection in the World! BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    53. 53. Osteological Laboratory. The finest Specimen Collection in the World! BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    54. 54. Over 19,000 Human Bone Specimens BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    55. 55. Full Spines and Skeletons BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    56. 56. Full Spines and Skeletons BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    57. 57. More Bones BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    58. 58. More Bones BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    59. 59. Even MORE Bones BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    60. 60. Even MORE Bones BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    61. 61. Skulls A-Plenty BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    62. 62. The Specific Subluxation Wet Specimen BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    63. 63. Coffin, Mummy and Full body X-Ray of Egyptian Princess Merit-Aton BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    64. 64. Coffin, Mummy and Full body X-Ray of Egyptian Princess Merit-Aton BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    65. 65. Rehabilitation Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    66. 66. Rehabilitation Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    67. 67. Rehab Lab: Precision Weight Scale BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    68. 68. Rehabilitation Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    69. 69. Rehabilitation Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    70. 70. Rehabilitation Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    71. 71. Rehabilitation Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    72. 72. Rehab Lab: Neck muscle developer and forearm developer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    73. 73. Rehab Lab: Neck muscle developer and forearm developer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    74. 74. Rehab Lab: Treadmill and Push- Pull Leg Developer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    75. 75. Rehab Lab: Treadmill and Push- Pull Leg Developer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    76. 76. Rehab Lab: Mechanical Horse. This is the ONLY apparatus that has it’s own power supply. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    77. 77. Rehab Lab: Kiddy-cars to re-train the paralyzed to walk. Upper arm developer. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    78. 78. Rehab Lab: Kiddy-cars to re-train the paralyzed to walk. Upper arm developer. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    79. 79. Rehab Lab: Shoulder and Back Developer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    80. 80. Rehab Lab: Spirometer Lung developer and Arm Developer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    81. 81. Rehab Lab: Spirometer Lung developer and Arm Developer BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    82. 82. Rehab Lab: Climbing Bars BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    83. 83. Ambulance Cots, Crutches, Canes, and Wheelchairs BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    84. 84. Palm Court BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    85. 85. Palm Court BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    86. 86. Floor of Palm Court BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    87. 87. Floor of Palm Court BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    88. 88. 2000 Gallon Fish Aquarium is 47 feet long BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    89. 89. Mounted Fish Collection BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    90. 90. Mounted Fish Collection BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    91. 91. Eskimo Artifacts BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    92. 92. Clinic Assembly Hall: Sword and Blade Collection BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    93. 93. Collection of Beheading Axes BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    94. 94. Clinic Assembly Hall BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    95. 95. Clinic Assembly Hall BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    96. 96. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph Research Laboratory BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    97. 97. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph Shielded, Grounded Booths BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    98. 98. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph Shielded, Grounded Booths BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    99. 99. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph Electronics BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    100. 100. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph Electronics BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    101. 101. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph Electrodes detect 5 points of nerve energy simultaneously BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    102. 102. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph Electrodes detect 5 points of nerve energy simultaneously BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    103. 103. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    104. 104. Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    105. 105. Keeler Polygraph Lie Detector BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    106. 106. Keeler Polygraph Lie Detector BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    107. 107. Keeler Polygraph Lie Detector BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    108. 108. Keeler Polygraph Lie Detector BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    109. 109. Entrance to Clinic Gardens “A Little Bit O’ Heaven” BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    110. 110. Entrance to Clinic Gardens “A Little Bit O’ Heaven” BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    111. 111. Clinic Gardens: Fountains and Ponds BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    112. 112. Clinic Gardens: Fountains and Ponds BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    113. 113. Clinic Gardens: Relaxation area under canopy. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    114. 114. Clinic Gardens: Stone Carp BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    115. 115. Clinic Gardens: Sundial and Animals BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    116. 116. Clinic Gardens: Sundial and Animals BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    117. 117. Clinic Gardens: Buddhas BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    118. 118. Clinic Gardens: Buddhas BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    119. 119. Clinic Gardens: Chinese Maiden BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    120. 120. Clinic Gardens: Chinese Maiden BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    121. 121. Clinic Gardens: Sculptures BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    122. 122. Clinic Gardens: Sculptures BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    123. 123. Clear View Sanitarium A Chiropractic “Mental Hospital” in Davenport, Iowa. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946
    124. 124. Clear View Sanitarium A Chiropractic “Mental Hospital” in Davenport, Iowa. BJ Palmer Private Chiropractic Clinic; Davenport, Iowa 1946

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