Before Nugent took charge: early efforts to reform chiropractic education, 1919--1941

Keating Jr., Joseph C.
September 2003
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;Sep2003, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p180
Academic Journal
John J. Nugent, D.C. is remembered by many as either the "Abraham Flexner of Chiropractic" or the "anti-Christ of Chiropractic." From 1941 until his forced retirement in 1959, the Irish-born Palmer graduate was one of the most important factors in the profession's educational reforms. Yet Nugent's work as the National Chiropractic Association's (NCA's) director of research was not the beginning of the campaign to upgrade chiropractic education. This paper looks at earlier influences and events which set the stage for Nugent's campaign. Among these were the introduction of licensure for chiropractors, the self-defeating actions of B.J.


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