What are the Green Books?


The Green Books are considered the "Holy Grail" of chiropractic and are aptly named because of their distinctive dark green binding. The Green Books, created by D.D. Palmer in 1906, were the first chiropractic textbooks. The Green Books continued with B.J. Palmer and his faculty until 1963.

The Green Books are very important to the chiropractic profession because they document the thoughts and theories of D.D. Palmer, the founder, and B.J. Palmer, the developer of chiropractic. These books are studied in order to trace the evolution of the profession and to aid present chiropractors in keeping to the original principles of the chiropractic discipline.


Palmer students, faculty and staff may check out volumes of Green Books from the library. Select Green Books from Special Collections & Archives are available for digital viewing.

  • Last Updated Jul 11, 2023
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