Dynamic Chiropractic - January 29, 1996, Volume 14, Issue 03

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Book Review By Judy Silvestrone, DC

Title: Chiropractic Pioneers: A Remembrance
Editor: Chiropractic Centennial Foundation, Glenda Wiese, project director
1000 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803
Tel. (319) 326-9894 Fax (319) 326-9897
Publication: 205 pages, hardcover, limited edition, only 20 left
Publisher: the Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton
Category: practitioner education, memorabilia
Price: $45.00

This little volume is a compendium of selected oral histories of individuals noted for their innovations and contributions to chiropractic practice and education. The histories were selected from approximately 40 oral histories which were taped at chiropractic colleges, but never transcribed or published. The personalities profiled include Dr. Carl S. Cleveland Jr.; A. Earl Homewood; Daniel Spears; J. Clay Thompson; Herbert Vear; and Mr. Vern Gielow. The narratives were done in various styles, from oral narrative and interview to written responses to questions. Unfortunately, this leads to inconsistency of content, style and editing.

Recollections include early personal lives, chiropractic educational experiences, and professional history. The professional accounts are of particular interest, as one can trace the obstacles and evolutionary highlights of chiropractic through these tales. Dates and names of interviewers are included in the table of contents, with a preface by Dr. William Holmberg and an introduction to each man preceding his story.

The assets of this volume include the anecdotal tales of case successes and personal sacrifices, the broad range and scope of personal histories, and the personalization of decisive political and historical events in the history of chiropractic.

The debits of this publication include the inconsistency of narrative style and incongruence of editorial corrections as some interviewee errors were corrected and annotated, others were not. And why spell out proper names merely because they were spelled out in the oral history? Many of the histories were wandering, disconnected, dry to read, and without an underlying theme to the interview. This work will be of most interest to individuals acquainted with the interviewees or in pursuit of specific biographical detail.

Silvestrone Rating: 7 out of 10