Joseph Janse
by Dr Reed Philips

Joseph Janse was an apostle of chiropractic education, a giant standing tall; a biography written by Dr Reed Phillips.

"He was a man, take him for all in all,

I shall not look upon his like again."


Chiropractic was born in an era of myths and poetic fables. Medicine was still letting blood, using leaches, and sheets soaked in whiskey to treat typhoid when DD Palmer 'cured' Harvey Lillard of deafness. No one will ever know whether it really happened or not.

It is Joseph Janse who is the father of modern-day chiropractic. Almost single handed he moved the profession from its dark ages to the accredited chiropractic institutions of today.

Colleges of Chiropractic were formed and lost but that of Janse, National as it was known, in Chicago, together with that of Palmer, in Davenport, have stood the test of time, and still flourish to this day.

Joseph Janse

Joseph Janse, a pioneer of chiropractic.

Joseph Janse is a biography by Dr Reed Philips of one of the great pioneers of chiropractic education.

"A man filled with the love of God

is not content with blessing his family alone,

but ranges through the whole world,

anxious to bless the whole human race."

Jozias Janse was born in the Netherlands in 2009. His elder brother Adrian was born two years earlier with a 'spinal problem'. Doctors ordered the tiny child, not even a year old to be strapped to a board for 24 hours per day, 'to straighten him out.' As he grew older brother Adrian was compelled to sleep in plaster casts, and had to use braces of all kinds. This was the cauldron in which Joseph's love of the human frame was born.

Dr Reed Phillips, author of this fine biography, traces the life of the man he so obviously loved and admired, from pre-war Holland to the United States, and on to greatness. JJ as he was affectionately known had that way of touching people's lives.

One person who touched Janse's life was chiropractor Dr Fred Illi, a Swiss national. In 1940, JJ was Director of the Department of Anatomy at the National College, only 31 years old, when Dr Illi travelled to the States and they spent three arduous months dissecting the pelvis's of fresh cadavers, with special attention to the sacro-iliac joints. The results of their research was published, entitled "Sacroiliac Mechanism, keystone to spinal balance and locomotion."

Dr Philips traces the influence that Fred Illi had on the young Joseph Janse, who later described Illi's work as "the most comprehensive procedure in the study of the structure, statics and dynamics of the human mechanism, ever conceived by anyone to date." Surely here was laid the foundation for the dedication that Janse laid to research at the National College.

A deeply spiritual man, a humble giant, he wrote to Dr Philips: "So often of late I confront myself with the question, "All that I sought to do, was it ego or dedication? Frankly I do not know." Surely, the mere asking of the question, one which few of us would dare to broach, yields the answer.

Not a book for every chiropractor certainly, but surely one that every student who came under his influence would not only want to have on his shelves, but to have read from cover to cover.

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also by Reed Phillips

The Journey of SCOTT HALDEMAN ...


The National University of health sciences.

The life of JOSEPH JANSE the apostle of Chiropractic Education and the National College of Chiropractic are remarkably intertwined, today still one of Americas top colleges, arguably THE chiropractic college... NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES ...

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A patient undergoing chiropractic treatment.

There can be no doubt that Chiropractic produces men and women of passion. Men like Dr Janse and Dr Haldeman. However, there are thousands and thousands of unsung heroes of Chiropractic, who struggled against all odds to bring healing to the people, and Chiropractic to the fore.

Chiropractic Therapy ... was is it that makes them so vehement, and so passionate? CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY ...


Neither Janse nor Haldeman are satisfied with the many myths, fables and anecdotes that abound in health care, in Chiropractic and Medicine alike. Both were passionate to SHOW THE WORLD that Chiropractic Therapy was and is a remarkably powerful tool in the healing of human ailments. Both were passionate about Chiropractic Research ... CHIROPRACTIC RESEARCH ...

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