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  Title The gestation and difficult birth of the American Chiropractic Association
Journal Chiropr Hist. 2006 Winter;26(2):91-126
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Today’s American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is an organizational descendant of one of the first national membership societies, the Universal Chiropractors’ Association (UCA), established at the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1906. From the legal defense services of the UCA, designed to thwart political medicine’s efforts to jail chiropractors, organized chiropractic would progress to educational offerings, malpractice insurance, funding for research, education, and accreditation for chiropractic colleges. These developments were largely the product of various successors to the UCA, most especially the National Chiropractic Association (NCA; 1930-1963), the immediate predecessor of today’s ACA. However, chiropractors and the membership societies often worked at cross-purposes, and sometimes defeated themselves in the process.

Following B.J. Palmer, D.C.’s death in 1961 and the formation of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in 1962, optimism about prospects for unifying the profession led to the creation of today’s ACA by the NCA leadership and several officers of the “straights” and “mixers,” and antipathy toward longtime officials within the NCA, prompted a revolt within the House of Delegates during the ACA’s first convention at Denver in 1964. By-laws were re-written and some of the “old guard” were encouraged to retire. At the end of the decade, however, much of this internal contentiousness had been forgotten, and the ACA struggled toward one of the profession’s most important goals: federal recognition of chiropractic education.

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