The Naturopathic Method
of Reducing Dislocations
After the Great French Physician LeGrange
By F. W. Collins, M.D., D.O., N.D., Ph.C.
This work, the result of many and various practices
in the field of the Healing Art, is dedicated to my son Frederick
Alderton Collins. With a father's love.
Be MORE than his dad,
Be a chum to the lad;
Be a part of his life
Every hour of the day;
Find time to talk with him,
Take time to walk with him,
Share in his studies
And share in his play;
Take him to places,
To ball games and races,
Teach him the things
That you want him to know;
Don't keep your heart from him,
Don't live apart from him,
Be his best comrade,
He's needing you so.
- Edgar A. Guest.
The reduction of dislocations of the shoulder
and hip-joints, as taught in the United States School of Naturopathy
and the New Jersey College of Osteopathy, under the master of osteological
adjustment, F. W. Collins, M.D., D.O., N.D., Ph.C., is thoroughly
illustrated and explained in this book.
The Naturopathic method of reducing dislocations
of the shoulder and hip-joints, after the great French physician,
LeGrange, and as demonstrated by Dr. Ellis Whitman in many of the
leading medical and natpathic colleges in England, France, Germany,
Japan and the United States, is considered very superior to the
other methods of reduction now in use, and these methods have been
corrected and improved upon by Dr. F. W. Collins.
The superiority of this method lies in the fact
that no unnecessary movements are used, and the head of the femur
or humerus is replaced without any of the torn ligaments or nerves
getting caught in the socket.
Dr. LeGrange died before completing his book,
and his method has never been given to the medical or drugless professions,
except through the personal demonstrations of Dr. Whitman and Dr.
With the LeGrange and Collins method, no anesthesia
ANTERIOR OR SUB-CLAVICULAR
The head of the humerus is thrown completely
out of the Glenoid Cavity, lies upon the thorax, below the clavicle
-and beneath the Pectoralis Major.
Arm is at right angle, with elbow pointed out,
hand hangs with palm inside. See position of head of humerus,
Fig. 1; see position of arm
in Fig. 2; fingers of operator
pointing to head of humerus in Fig.
Place hand upon the head of humerus, other hand
grasping wrist. See Fig.
4; raise arm straight, from body anterior to level with shoulder.
See Fig. 5; at same time
press lightly on head of humerus and carry arm outward and down.
See Figs. 6 and
7 and note difference in length of arms in Figs.
4 and 7.
Depression of head of humerus which lies in
axilla, below the glenoid fossa. Fig.
Elbow is horizontal with the shoulder, thumb
is pointed toward the clavicle. Fig.
Place fist in axilla, grasp humerus near elbow,
hold steady pressure upwards against head of humerus. Fig.
10, while arm is pulled outward and downward.
Head of humerus lies below coracoid process
of scapula. Fig. 11.
Depression of whole shoulder which is slanted
right off and downward with palm of hand turned backward.
See Fig. 12.
Place hand upon head of humerus, keeping pressure
there during entire operation, other hand grasps wrist; see Fig.
13, carry arm straight out from side of body up to a level with
the shoulder, Fig. 14; then
rotate the wrist inward and carry arm down to normal position.
Fig. 15, compared with Figs.
12 and 13.
Head of the humerus lies on the coraco-acromial
ligaments. Fig. 16.
Humerus is dislocated so that head is up, elbow
pointed, outward. Forearm hangs so that the palm of the hand
is inward. Fig. 17.
Grasp wrist, other hand placed on neck of humerus,
raise elbow to level with shoulder, then carry arm over till elbow
is even with nose, (to the median line) Fig.
18; then raise the arm slightly, using forearm for the lever,
carrying it slightly over and rotating outward until the head of
the humerus snaps into glenoid cavity. Fig.
A posterior dislocation of the humerus.
Figs. 20 and 21.
Scapula is over the spinous process of the vertebra,
arm is over the head, wrist rests on top of head so that palm is
outward. Figs. 29 and 23.
Grasp arm at wrist, one hand placed on neck of
the shaft of humerus, raise straight up from the shoulder until
slight snap, Fig. 24.
Then carry down across the face until even with the chin, Fig.
25, then rotate wrist slightly outward, Fig.
26, and adduct, Figs. 27-28,
draw away from median line, until head snaps into position. Figs.
29 and 30.
Head of femur lying in the obturator foramen.
Figs. 31 and 32.
Limb lengthened one inch to one and one-half
inch and toes turned outward. Fig.
33. Cause: Violent abduction.
Patient lying on his back on table. Grasp
sole of foot with hand, holding heel, raise limb up two inches above
toes of opposite foot. Fig.
34. Then turn toes inward until impossible to turn further,
carry limb over until knees cross each other, until you feel a sharp
snap. Fig. 35. Then turn
toes outward slightly. Fig.
36, carrying limb back to normal position, and while patient
is held on table give limb straight inferior pull so as to snap
into acetabulum. Fig.
Head of femur lying upon dorsum of ilium.
This is the most frequent type, comprising 50 % of all hip dislocations.
It may be produced by a fall or blow when the limb is flexed and
abducted, or by a fall upon the knees or feet. Figures
Limb flexed, toes turned on instep of opposite
foot and leg is shortened about two inches. Figs. 38
Stand on the side of the patient on which the
hip is dislocated. Grasp the foot at the ankle, the, other
hand is placed on and just below the patella. Fig.
40. Flex the limb slowly and carefully until the thigh
is in a perpendicular position. Fig.
40. Give it a slight turn inward towards the opposite
shoulder, that is, to the median line of the body. Fig.
41. Continue this rotation until the thigh is almost flat
on the chest. Then carry the limb outward and downward until
the thigh rests on the table. Fig.
42. Then extend the limb back to normal position and head
will snap into the acetabulum. Fig.
43. In this photograph Dr. Collins is on the opposite
side to give a clear view of same.
Head of femur lying on margin of sciatic notch.
Figures 44, 45.
Limb shortened one-half to one inch, muscles
and tendons are rigid. Figs.
44, 45, 46.
In this dislocation of the femur, do not raise
limb off table, or ground, as you are liable to fracture neck of
femur or sciatic notch.
Turn toes slightly outward and carry off table
until head snaps into acetabulum. Fig.
In the Post Graduate Course given by Dr. F.
W. Collins at the Riley School of Chiropractic, Washington, D. C.,
April 2nd to 16th, Dr. E. E. Hosmer, M.D., a regular member of the
medical profession, and of the Allied Medical Association of America,
stated to the class on the evening of April 14, 1923, that:
"I have taken a great many Medical and Post
Graduate Courses, nevertheless I still had a desire to take a course
at the Mecca College of Chiropractic, in Newark, N. J. With all
due respect to my previous schooling and experience I feel proud
to say that I am a graduate of the Mecca College of Chiropractic.
"I want to further say that in the short time
I spent in the Mecca College, under that master of teachers, Dr.
F. W. Collins, I acquired more knowledge of the removal of the cause
of disease than in all of the time I spent in the medical schools
I previously attended."
Chiropractor Straightens Crippled Leg
Editor of Leading Swedish Paper in the United
States Pays Great Tribute to Work Done at Chiropractic Clinic Conducted
in Connection with Amalgamated Chiropractic Colleges (New Jersey
College of Chiropractic and American Chiropractic Institute) at
254 West Thirty-fourth Street, New York City.
By Emit Opffer, Editor Northern Light
Translated by Carl E. Bohman
The sun is sinking in the background.
I came galloping up a mountain in the inner of
The horse was tired and suddenly stood on his
So did I.
My right leg was caught in the stirrup, and I
had a feeling as though it had been torn from me when I was thrown
to the ground like a floursack.
Then I lay on the forsaken mountain and called
so that it echoed from the other mountains, until a couple of natives
came and carried me down deep to a palm-bedecked hut in the meadow,
but I do not wish to think of my suffering that long, sleepless
The next morning I was promised a bearer, and
four men from the neighborhood carried me from the place up through
the woods. Wayfarers thought me a corpse being transported
to the cemetery at Guaraguano, and all gladly put their shoulders
The way led through narrow paths and rough places
and I was several times nearly dumped off which would not have been
good for me. At one place I reached a native hut, where both
inside and outside it swarmed with bony pigs, bony dogs, and bony
goats, and while the "pallbearers" rested, I lay on the bier inside
the hut. I noticed that a small hand gently stroked my hair
and I looked up. It was little delicate Stephano, who once
showed me the way when I was lost. In all my suffering I was
touched by the lad's silent sympathy.
Then the trip continued to the high King of Palms
region, and the bearers carried me directly through the Mao River
to the mining camps. For two or three, months I lay in the
tent without any improvement. The night was one of long suffering.
Every morning at sunrise I heard a little bird sing in the Palms
outside of my tent. It knew four melodies, but how I was carried
off when those tunes sounded, for then the night's suffering was
more or less reduced.
Then one beautiful day the natives took me on
their shoulders and brought me from the mountains to the lowlands,
and rapidly we went, accompanied by my friend, Hjalmar Westingoard,
to "an Atlantic Port."
Here in New York I lay at St. Luke's Hospital,
and later was examined at one hospital and then another, but the
doctors told me "nothing to do."
My leg was and continued to be one inch too short,
and with difficulty I went my thorny way through life and up Broadway.
Oh, I, who was accustomed to mount Popocatepetl's snow-bedecked
tops; I, who like a deer sprang over the mountains of the West Indies;
I had now become a slow-moving snail. Yes, my sciatic-suffering
friend, Artist Frantz Helving, wrote me from Roosevelt Hospital
and called me "Dear Fellow-cripple."
I was deformed beyond recognition - enclosed
in that port where hope is excluded.
Then it was that Dr. Scharling Wilson came to
our rooms. "Ha," he said, and sent a big puff from his Havana
through his nose, "that leg we can surely cure. It is only
out of its proper place. Come up to our Chiropractic clinic!"
I called at the Chiropractic clinic on Thirty-fourth
Street, near Eighth Avenue. Here sat a blind
Dane, Tinsmith Nielson, who eleven years ago fell from a housetop,
and who has been blind for four years: He was adjusted on the spine
and immediately felt better - perhaps his sight will be restored!
What joy! Then there were other blind sick and suffering fellow
My turn came.
I was placed upon the table in full length.
My right leg was measured one inch too short.
Dr. F. W. Collins, Dr. Scharling Wilson, and
Dr. Otto Th. Kohler treated me in the presence of
several male and female physicians. Dr. Collins took hold
of my left leg, twisted it around once in the air, as though it
were a lifeless horse-leg, swung it to the right, twisted it downward
and to the side - it did not exactly feel good - then gave, the
thrust, and when my leg was placed on the table again, both heels
The wonder had happened. The bone had again
been placed in its socket, from which it was wrenched on my birthday
17 months ago. I was no longer Mr. Helving's fellow-cripple,
but a perfect human being. I can again mount Popocatepetl
and look down its ice-crowned volcano, 18,000 feet high.
One can understand that I felt like a new and
better man, and joy beamed from these brave doctors' eyes.
After having for nearly a year and a half limped around
as an imperfect individual, I was made as perfect as St. Peter,
heavenly passer, in thirty seconds.
No wonder that I felt deeply grateful to those
who changed my condition.
Oh! that my blind friend, Tinsmith Nielson, may
have the same fortune! I hope he will. And that triumph
I also wish Dr. Collins. Surely he can then point to us and
say: "The lame walk and the blind see."