4 What Time Tuesday? By James Tomasi
Like “Chiropractic First” I have this in the reception area. I have had the true pleasure of meeting Rev. Tomasi on several occasions and I am always encouraged by his smile and warm disposition. This text chronicles James’s experience with Trigeminal Neuralgia which is known as “the suicide disease.” It is considered virtually untreatable in many cases and the extreme and constant pain influence sufferers to take their own life rather than live with the condition. It is no spoiler to say that James experiences a full recovery after experiencing specific upper cervical chiropractic care. His appointment with destiny was thankfully early enough in the day on that fateful Tuesday than the time he had choose to reinforce the “suicide disease” part. If you don’t believe chiropractic care can save lives, read this book. Hell, read this book anyway. It will also be a part of my new patient packet eventually.
3 Inspirations by Thomas A. Gelardi, DC
Dr. Gelardi is known as the “Defender of Chiropractic” for many reasons including the founding of Sherman College of Chiropractic. In “Inspirations” he compiled quotes and short anecdotes of encouragement that helped him become one of the most respected DCs still living. Gelardi has always been staunch and vocal but you can’t change the world without making some people angry. This text is in continual use in my office. I have repeatedly handed it to a patient who was stressed or depressed and it is consistently returned with a thankful smile. It is available in the Sherman College bookstore. A big thank you to Dr. Myron Brown for gifting me his copy with his own personal encouragement.
2 The Big Idea: 10 Innate Principles to Becoming a Successful Chiropractor by James M. Brown, DC
This book was the first chiropractic book I ever read. I interviewed Dr. Brown for a paper during my undergraduate studies and found him to be one of the most compassionate people I have ever spoken with. In his later years, he wrote this text in hopes of furthering his dream of seeing wildly successful and compassionate DCs across the world. His definition of success was inclusive of clinical results and a healthy business model. He did not separate the two. This is a very rare book and I have one of the few copies I have seen. Dr. Brown’s first edition is in need of editing and I have undertaken part of that task. I hope to see a 2nd edition published in the next two years. There are still a few copies in the Sherman bookstore.
Starting a Practice by Reggie Gold, DC
This book missed the list due to it being an audiobook, but is the single most useful information on building a practice that I have. It is available for purchase and from the Sherman College library. Also check out his commencement speech “The Valley of the Blind.”
Differential Diagnosis and Management for the Chiropractor by Souza, DC, DACBSP
Though written by a DC, this book missed the list because it concerns medical practices that fall within the potential scope of practice of chiropractors. It is useful to see how conditions are approached from a medical standpoint and I use it most to inform patients as to what an “outside-in” approach would be to their health and to answer questions they have about what a “sickness care” provider has told them. Good information, just not chiropractic.
Are You the Doctor, Doctor? By Fred H. Barge DC, Ph. C, FICA, FPAC, SCS
I don’t remember how I found this book. I think it was next to the “Green Books” in the library and it being much smaller, thought it would be good for out-of-class reading. This book has been vital to my professional mindset, office setup, and table-side manner. I grew up with mechanics and factory workers at carnivals and trailer parks. While I learned how to work on vehicles and handle myself in a fight, no one ever taught me how to be a doctor. We didn’t go to MDs often as kids and when we did it was often a bad experience. It was a DC who first made me feel respected as a patient.
I learned a lot at Sherman and there are many shining examples of successful and professional DCs to model but I could only learn what they did and didn’t do. “Are you the Doctor, Doctor?” answered questions that kept me up at night during school and sometimes after graduation. I modeled my professional self with the guidance of this invaluable text. The most important aspect of this book is that it does tell you exactly what to do; it guides you to make the best decision for yourself and your patients. That is the difference between being a technician and a professional.
In your first year out you will need guidance and these books have been a large part of the map I use. I know they will help you too.