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Palmer's first chiropractic cure must have been a case of miraculous healing
Mr William Harvey Lillard was the janitor contracted to clean the Ryan Building where D. D. Palmer's magnetic healing office was located. In 1895, he became Palmer's very first chiropractic patient and thus entered the history books. The very foundations of chiropractic are based on this story. [Testimony of Harvey Lillard regarding the events surrounding the first chiropractic adjustment, printed in the January 1897 issue of the Chiropractor] To call the 'Chiropractor' a reliable source would probably be stretching it a bit, and there are various versions of the event, even one where BJ Palmer, DD's son, changed significant details of the story. Nevertheless, it's a nice story, if there ever was one. But, like many nice stories, it's just that: a tall tale, a story that might be not based on reality. In this case, the reality getting in the way of a good story is human anatomy. The nerve supply of the inner ear, the bit that enables us to hear, does not, like most other nerves of our