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The Philosopher of Chiropractic (Ph.C.) degree was first offered in 1908 by the Palmer School of Chiropractic (PSC). B.J. Palmer was awarded the first Ph.C.,on January 2, 1908, by the PSC students, faculty, and Board of Directors. In the Spring of that same year, George T. Callas became the first student to earn the degree. The requirements for the Ph.C. changed during its roughly sixty year life. Originally, the degree was awarded instead of the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)degree to students who graduated with high scholastic achievement. Later the course of study leading to the degree came to resemble traditional graduate education, requiring post-D.C. course work and the completion of a thesis. The Ph.C. was offered at chiropractic schools other than the PSC, primarily those of the "straight" philosophy. The Ph.C. was valued by those who saw philosophy as being a more crucial element of chiropractic than art and science. The degree's length of life roughly coincided with that of the father of chiropractic philosophy, B.J. Palmer. The Ph.C. ceased being offered in the middle 196-0's. a few years after B.J. Palmer's death.
- ↑ Stout, MLS, Robert J.. "The Ph.C. Degree: An Affirmation of Chiropractic Philosophy, 1908-1968". Journal of Chiropractic History. http://www.historyofchiropractic.org/assets/documents/8-1-Stout.pdf. Retrieved 5/9/2014.