We’ll continue in this blog, tracing the development, tribulations, and growth of the field of chiropractic up to 1975.
May 27, 1961: B.J. Palmer passes away in Sarasota, Florida. The son of D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, lived a turbulent, enigmatic life, including being falsely accused oh his father's death. But posthumously, his commitment to chiropractic inspires others in the field to put aside their differences and come together, uniting into what would be the American Chiropractic Association three years later.
1962-63: The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) is founded, granted a charter by the officers of the Council of State Chiropractic Examining Boards (COSCEB).
November 1963: The American Medical Association (AMA) forms a Committee on Quackery, with the sole intention of discrediting and impeding the profession of chiropractic, hoping to drive it out of business.
1963-64: The present-day American Chiropractic Association is born after the NCA and a splinter group from the ICA merge.
1965: Two Louisiana chiropractors, William D. Harper, MS, DC, and Joseph Janse, DC, ND, must testify in federal court in regards to the "England Case.,” in an attempt to overturn the state’s prohibitive medical practice act, which classifies chiropractic as the practice of medicine. Unfortunately, despite Harper and Hanse’s testimony, the case is lost, forcing chiropractors in Louisiana to practice underground and illegally until 1974, when a chiropractic statue legitimizes the field.
1971: The New York State Department of Education grants accreditation to the National College of Chiropractic. Therefore, the National College of Chiropractic became the first chiropractic school in the nation to achieve this federally-recognized designation.
1972: For the first time, Congress rubber stamps payments to chiropractors for treatments offered to Medicare patients.
August 26, 1974: The U.S. Commissioner of Education first recognizes the authority of The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) to accredit chiropractic schools.
1974: Reversing the milestone case a decade earlier, Louisiana authorizes the practice of chiropractic, becoming the 50th and final American state to do so.