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Websites focusing on history

For those wishing to explore the history of chiropractic, and the context of that history, the following websites may be of interest:

Association for the History of Chiropractic

The Association for the History of Chiropractic (AHC) is an international organisation founded in the United States in 1980. The Association promotes the recording of chiropractic’s past through books and through its journal Chiropractic History.

For those unfamiliar with the history of chiropractic, the book Chiropractic History: A Primer (Keating, Cleveland & Menke, 2004) provides a useful introduction. This book is available as a free download through the AHC website.


Early American Manual Therapy

This website provides online access to a number of manual therapy texts on chiropractic, neuropathy, massage and osteopathy. The first chapter of Daniel David Palmer’s The Chiropractor (1914) makes interesting reading.


Keating’s History of Chiropractic Archive

Joseph Keating Jr, PhD, LittD (1950-2007) was a critical observer and historian of chiropractic. Data files produced by Dr Keating are available through the website of the Chiropractic Resource Organisation.


Wellcome Library

London’s Wellcome Library offers one of the World’s best resources for study of the history of medicine. The catalogues of the Wellcome Collection can be searched online. The Wellcome Images catalogue includes 170,000 historical and contemporary images.


British chiropractic organisations

AECC University College

The AECC University College is the oldest of Europe’s chiropractic schools, dating from 1965. It is one of three chiropractic schools in Britain.


British Chiropractic Association

The British Chiropractic Association is the largest voluntary association of chiropractors in the UK. It is also the oldest, formed in 1925.


Chiropractic Patients Association

A body representing the interests of patients, the Chiropractic Patients Association is also involved in raising funds for research into chiropractic.


General Chiropractic Council

In Britain today the title ‘chiropractor’ is protected by law. The body responsible for the statutory regulation of chiropractic is the General Chiropractic Council.


McTimoney Chiropractic Association

The McTimoney Chiropractic Association is the voluntary association of those who employ the McTimoney method of chiropractic.


McTimoney College of Chiropractic

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic emphasises teaching of the McTimoney method of chiropractic. It opened its doors in 1972.


McTimoney Trust

The McTimoney Trust promotes education and training in McTimoney chiropractic and supports clinics in providing subsidised treatment.


Royal College of Chiropractors

The Royal College of Chiropractors functions in a similar way to Medical Royal Colleges, with the goal of promoting professional excellence.


Scottish Chiropractic Association

The Scottish Chiropractic Association has represented the interests of chiropractors in Scotland since the 1970s. Membership is not limited to those working in Scotland.


United Chiropractic Association

Formed in 2000, the United Chiropractic Association emphasises the principles which helped define chiropractic from its start.


University of South Wales

The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, now part of the University of South Wales, has been training chiropractors since 1997.


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The Library at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic

Ben Bolt, the first President of the British Chiropractors’ Association (now the British Chiropractic Association), 1925-1929

Parade at the Palmer School of Chiropractic, Davenport, USA, 1913. A Union Flag and other European flags form part of the procession.

Daniel David Palmer, the founder of chiropractic