A little bit of historical trivia


Chiropractic in Pennsylvania:
The Pittsburgh College of Chiropractic began in 1912 under a Delaware charter. In 1917 it merged with Universal College of Chiropractic located in Davenport Iowa. This was the school started by those who rebelled against BJ Palmer (presumably over the introduction of the NCM )including Joy M Loban, DC, the Dean of UCC who had earlier been a protégé of BJ’s, and instructor at the PSC and is prominently identified in Palmers fourth edition of Science of Chiropractic (1908.Loban had left the PSC some years before apparently when x-ray was introduced). Schools at that time were all vying for World War I veterans who were returning to civilian life. The Pittsburgh school was said to be under poor management and the acquisition of Loban was thought to be significant in its survival. The school became the Universal Chiropractic College and the facilities of the Pittsburgh college were it’s home. Loban remained as president until 1927 when he retired to Denver to practice and write, co-authoring Textbook of Neurology. Two prominent graduates in the 1920s were Frederick W Illi, DC, a Swiss chiropractor who produced some original research on structure and body dynamics before and after World War II and Vinton Logan, DC, who would later become the president of the St. Louis college started by his father Hugh B. Logan and still bears the Logan name today. World War II precipitated the closing of the Universal Chiropractic College in 1944. Its students transferred to Lincoln College in Indianapolis which later merged with/was absorbed by National College.(Acknowledgment to Russell W Gibbons, professor of history at community college of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh and former editor of Chiropractic History, Journal of the Association the History of Chiropractic. His father was a chiropractor.)

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  1. Charles Hollensed DC 02/14/2015, 4:46 pm:

    Interesting bit of history.

    Lincoln was started by 4 Palmer profs who left PCC over the NCM also.

    Lincoln was sold down the river by the ACA so NUHS could get accredited for grads to sit the New York chiro boards.

    • Joe Strauss 02/14/2015, 6:32 pm:

      Dr. Hollensed, I knew about the big four but I did not know how “Lincoln was sold down the river by the ACA…” I would like to learn more about that. My cousin started at CIC in New York with me then transferred to Lincoln and graduated in 68 or 69. I think it may have “merged” with National shortly after that.

  2. RichieBDC 02/16/2015, 2:12 pm:

    Chiropractic history is very interesting…..and the powers that be are still moving their agenda……

  3. Dan PoupardDC 02/20/2015, 7:52 pm:

    I appreciated the short history lesson. Both my grandparents went to the Pittsburgh school in the 1920s and my grandfather stayed as one of the intstructors until the school closed. Hearing the stories growing up gave me the utmost respect for chiropractors and the profession and is probably A big reason I am a chiropractor today.

    • Joe Strauss 02/21/2015, 10:56 am:

      Dan, what a wonderful anecdote! Thank you for sharing that. It sure gives credence to that old BJ saying “we never know how far reaching something we may think, say, or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” Welcome to the blog Dan, I hope you will share your thoughts and comments often.

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