The Buxton Technological Course
in Painless Chiropractic
A. G. A. Buxton, D.C.
OPPORTUNITY AND MENTAL COORDINATION
OPPORTUNITY may be called that momentous experience
in the life of an individual when visions and possibilities picture themselves
upon the horizon of an active brain. Such visions may appear
to be very simple in comparison with the many marvelous accomplishments
already demonstrated by others, but one should never disparage or belittle
his dreams until fully satisfied in his own mind of the uselessness of
his efforts. Some of the greatest dreams of genius were comparatively
insignificant until by force of determination they were brought to public
notice and received due reward.
Life is like a game of checkers, especially if that
life be an active one, in which each player is endeavoring to get into
the king row and generally the one who sticks tenaciously usually gets
there. Never think the invention or idea of some discoverer completely
perfected in the thing he has brought forth, since every idea always leads
to another and it is usually the thing forgotten by the first thinker that
is brought to light by another.
Science is said to be knowledge systematically arranged.
Our ideas materialize by coordination and the bringing into active conception
the minute thought and allowing it to expand into completeness and not
until then should its value be determined. We have just begun to
think in chiropractic science which only a few years ago was practiced
in such a crude way compared to the little advance already made.
No one person holds forever within his grasp the
great possibilities of the future of chiropractic. Principles are
being discovered every day in this wonderful science and he who labors
in the field of research will certainly receive his reward.
The human brain is said to be that grayish substance
occupying the mental convolutions within the cranium. It is here
the mind coordinates percept and concept in its digestive process for the
production of thought through the avenue of logical sequence in inductive
and deductive reasoning. Every healthy individual is endowed with
sufficient gray matter to play in some degree his part in the great drama
of life, and great inventors have usually been denied the privilege of
the higher institutions of learning. In fact, most of the great inventions
are the product of persons who spent their early days in the developing
roof of dark surroundings, where aptitude gave birth to earnest genius.
The inability to perform in the inventive genius
for the common good, and share one’s findings without overburdening the
buyer of one’s product is usually the result of self-aversion to those
of like aptitude or because of insatiable desires for prominence.
Thus the altruistic spirit is crucified upon the cross of self centered
interests, and there is cast upon the rocks what might have been a noble
career, thereby only contributing to the diary of human genius the bones
of a sad reminiscence in public memory.
The science of chiropractic is both a mental and
anatomical subject. Mental, in that it demands an analytical intelligence
schooled in the curriculum of segmentary differentiation, and anatomical,
in that it operates mechanically upon a mechanical structure. The
simple moving of a vertebra by an uneducated Chiropractor is no chiropractic
in its true meaning. While the moving of a vertebra by an unscientific
operator, which may or may not secure the desired result, can not properly
be styled chiropractic, since the mind and hands of such an operator
are unskilled and ignorant of the correlative mechanism coordinating with
the segment so moved.
The untrained mind of our profession in the past
has been a most costly and sad experience. However we can dry our
eyes with the history of our medical brethren, who only a short while ago
were no as well trained for service as we, and who today are seeking ways
of preventive dosage, which proves that their findings were not as enduring
Chiropractic science offers an opportunity in the
field of research today equal to all, and second to none. The successful
finder is the one who applies himself to the task of discovery in the field
of effort. Let the disheartened take courage and the pessimist wipe
the cobwebs from his slumbering vision. The public is ready to be
served with our wonderful science in a scientific way with scientific results.
The various organizations, to which we may belong, the school of our graduation,
or the personality we may possess will not bring the desired compliments,
if we are minus the art and knowledge of advanced chiropractic.
Some of the great needs of our science today are:
the consolidation and harmonization of every practitioner, the control
of the curriculum of the school by the field, and the standardizing of
units necessary to graduation. We have plenty of organizations, but
what we need most is organized intelligence of purpose. Such that
will fraternize, harmonize, equalize and make chiropractic one and the
same wherever found.
I believe the opportunity for chiropractic was never
better than now. Men and women of the college and university who
have graduated in the arts and sciences are turning their minds to the
study of chiropractic, and the day is not far distant when the doctorate
in chiropractic, in the rank and dignity of the scholar and student will
hold the place it has fought for and so much deserves.
The American College of Chiropractors, an institution
incorporated under an Act of Congress, of which the Board of Trustees have
kindly elected me to the office of Chancellor, is a most timely and much
appreciated step toward bringing about the unification of Chiropractors
and chiropractic. The Medical Profession of the United States have
their American College of Surgeons, and there is the Royal College of Surgeons
of England. Why should the Chiropractic Profession stand by and look
on? Well we are not. We have it, it is ours. Let us rally
to its standards, cooperate with its forces and make it the monument it
should be to those noble men and women who studied, worked and suffered
imprisonment to perpetuate the healing virtues of chiropractic in the world.
Again, I say, opportunity awaits us. Let us lay aside
our petty jealousies and coordinate our mental support: awake from our lethargy
and establish foundation upon which future generations shall build and cherish
the memory of the tried and true.