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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

Editor's Notes

  • 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.










































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