Question 13. How is it that the definition varied so much since the science of Chiropractic was named and defined by D. D. Palmer, especially in various state legislation?
Answer 13. There is NO difference in fundamental principle laid down by D. D. Palmer in 1895, as advocated by him in his book of 1910, and as now taught by The PSC, ever since. He laid down a principle that was A THEORY. The PSC adopted that principle and has researched it INTO A SCIENCE. For differences in definitions in state legislation, see Answer 12.
Many people think of “definition” as a certain phraseology, a definite sequence of specific words, and, unless those are exactly followed, definition is not the same. Definitions have wrapped within and between words certain ideas, principles, fundamentals. In this respect, D. D. Palmer drew different and varied numbers of “definitions”, no two in exactly same assemblage of words, but always containing SAME ideas, principles, fundamentals. Same is true with us. We have phrased many “definitions”, non alike yet ALWAYS the same in purpose. There is no difference between ANY definition drawn by D. D. Palmer and B. J. Palmer. ALL encompass SAME PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE.