Medicine: Cosmic Chiropractor

Half-century ago, a lush-bearded storekeeper in What Cheer, Iowa developed a passion for collecting goldfish bones. From fishbones, Daniel David Palmer turned to human vertebrae and founded the spine-tickling business of chiropractic. Today chiropractic is a $70,000,000-a-year industry, with 20,000 practitioners in 44 States legally manipulating everything from colds to high blood pressure. Instead of the old-fashioned manhandling of "Fish" Palmer, modern chiropractors use a glittering variety of labor-saving devices called by such impressive names as "Neurocalcograph," "Electroencephalomentimpograph," "Neurotempometer."*

Last week, for the 95th anniversary of the Old Master's birth, the...

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