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There are other chiropractic schools that are not approved by either of the two organizations above. According to a 1950 survey by the Brookings Institution of Washington, D.C., there are at least 30 chiropractic colleges in the United States. There are also a few unlisted chiropractic colleges still teaching an eighteen-month course, such as the Bebout Chiropractic College of Indianapolis, Indiana. Since the Brookings survey was made, a few of the counted chiropractic colleges have been forced to close their doors -- primarily because of a lack of funds and a lack of students. It is interesting to note, for example, that the Carver Chiropractic College of Oklahoma City, formerly included in the list of schools approved by the International Chiropractic Association, closed its doors in 1959 and merged with the Logan Basic College of Chiropractic in St. Louis. The school had only 30 students. We recall that the Carver College was one of the first chiropractic colleges ever founded and that it was founded by D. D. Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic, and Willard Carver, an attorney turned chiropractor .
Two other chiropractic schools -- the Columbia Institute of Chiropractic, Baltimore, Maryland, and the Hollywood College of Chiropractic, Los Angeles, California -- recently closed, but neither was approved by the N.C.A. or the I.C.A. The Hollywood College had only 25 students, 23 of whom were transferred to the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.
According to recent and confidential literature in chiropractic circles, some of which has been quoted elsewhere, several chiropractic colleges are in serious trouble, as far as staying open is concerned. When one looks over the great diversity of chiropractic methods and theories, it is not hard to understand why many of the schools teaching such methods would inevitably be forced to close. It would be quite impossible to construct workable methods of accrediting such schools in a manner that would receive the support of national accrediting agencies.
1. Doyle KC. Science vs Chiropractic. Public Affairs Pamphlet No. 191, Public Affairs Committee, New York, 1953.
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