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ID 21846
Title The Bohemian thrust: Frank Dvorsky, the Bohemian "napravit" bonesetter
Journal Chiropr Hist. 2011 Summer;31(1):39-46
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes In the early years of the chiropractic profession, there was some controversy between D.D. Palmer and some of his early students, Langworthy, Smith, and Paxson, on the originality of his thrust technique. Palmer’s students claimed that he stole the technique from the Bohemian residents in the Iowa region, who practiced a form of bone-setting known as napravit. Frank Dvorsky was one of the Bohemian settlers who used a thrust technique that he and his father learned in Bohemia sixty years earlier. Frank’s son James became a patient of Langworthy. This paper outlines some of the early history of the controversy, and also outlines the life of Frank Dvorsky and his family. Living relatives of the Dvorsky family were also interviewed and give an interesting look at what they know of their family history with napravit and chiropractic.

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