Hello everyone. My name is Jonathan and I am a bibliophile. That’s right, I love books. My personal collection numbers in the thousands. While my professional collection is significantly smaller; I actually spend more time with it. The only piece of office furniture I purchased new was a very nice bookshelf that I found on sale at an office supply store. Good used bookshelves are hard to come by. Back to the point.
I have found use in all of the books in my professional collection so I figured (southern dialect for “reasoned”) I would compile this list for future and current DCs who are willing to avail themselves of the library of knowledge (pun intended) we have access to.
10 Clinically Oriented Anatomy; 5th Edition by Moore and Dalley
The first title on the list is the textbook for graduate level anatomical study at many universities for its modern, accessible, and memorable approach to learning anatomy. Grey’s Anatomy is more complete but is difficult to read and learn from. COA is updated with colorful illustrations and photos and associated clinical examples of why knowing this information is useful. It was essential for my study of anatomy while at Sherman and I continue to use it for reference at least weekly.
9 Sinnott’s Textbook of Chiropractic Philosophy; 1st Edition by Rob Sinnott, DC, DPhCS
Aside from being a stalwart and vigilant defender of chiropractic’s unique and exceptional philosophy of health, Dr. Sinnott authors this text that provides the solid foundation for logical and complete understanding of why doctors of chiropractic do what we do. It is complete but not dry. It is also structured to be assimilated into classroom education for DC students. While I do not bend the book’s spine that often lately, I use the information therein with every patient. I think it should be required reading for every chiropractic school and for all practitioners. It probably wouldn’t hurt to donate a few copies to medical schools as well.
8 Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex: A Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature by Kirk Eriksen, DC
This book is wonderful. It is a well-organized literature review of research that I don’t have to pay a subscription or have an internet connection to access. Not only is this book full of thousands of peer reviewed articles, it is organized so that that it doesn’t take a week and a half to find it. If you are asking why you need a research book in your clinic, then you need two copies of this book.
7 Chiropractic First by Terry A. Rondberg, DC
This book sits in my reception area for patients to read while I am developing x-rays or with another patient. Its goal is to change health thinking to bring chiropractic to the forefront of patient’s minds when considering health choices. It is much too long for a patient to complete while in the office but I use examples from the text on my patient education board. The story of Winifred Gardella alone is worth the price. Eventually I will include the book in the packet a patient receives when they start up care.
6 The Subluxation Specific The Adjustment Specific (Vol. 18) by B. J. Palmer, DC, Ph. C
The most famous “Green Book” in chiropractic is philosophy, research, technique, and encouragement all in one tome. I use "tome" because you could hammer tent pegs with this thing. In the early years of the profession Palmer College of Chiropractic was the fountain head for all chiropractic research and publication. Published in 1934, this book needed to apprise the profession across the country with the most up-do-date information available. Nearly 80 years later this book still serves DCs who care even the slightest about specific care for their patients. Though it advocates and upper cervical approach to care, it is useful for any specific adjuster.
5 How to Start a Practice from Scratch by Peter G. Fernandez, DC
This is an interested double book that was published with the additional text of “How to Buy and Sell a Practice.” The book is a bit dated in its checklists and ways to research a location but it still covers the basic concept of one of the hardest things to teach students. This book cost me 50 cents at the Sherman Library books-for-sale pile and it has been the best investment I have made in terms of monetary return. I do have some issues with some of the equipment Dr. Fernandez suggests you purchase, but for the business side, it is excellent and frugal without being cheap.