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The Winsor Autopsies-Validating Chiropractic


A curious Dr. Henry Winsor, a medical doctor in Haverford, Pennsylvania began to wonder: “Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as thyroid conditions, kidney disease, constipation, heart disease, and lung disease may resolve-but how?” He decided to investigate this new science and art of healing—chiropractic. The year was 1921.


After graduating from medical school, Dr. Winsor was inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature to experiment.  He planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relation between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebra associated with the nerves that went to the organ. As he wrote: 

"The object of these [dissections] necropsies was to determine whether any connection existed between the minor curves of the spine, on the one hand, and diseased organs on the other, or whether the two were entire independent of each other."

University Permission 

The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of seventy-five humans and twenty-two cat cadavers. The following are Dr. Winsor’s results: 

221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were observed to belong to the same sympathetic nerve segments as the vertebra in curvature. Nine diseased organs belonged to different sympathetic segments from vertebra out of line. These figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide…for any organ may receive sympathetic filaments from several spinal segments and several organs may be supplied with sympathetic nerve filaments from the same spinal segments.

In other words: there was nearly a 100% correlation between “minor curvatures” of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.


►Stomach Diseases

    All nine cases of spinal misalignment in the area of mid thoracic (T5-9) are had stomach disease.

►Lung Disease

    All twenty-six cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic (T1-4).

►Heart Disease

    All twenty cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five vertebra  (T1-5) misaligned.

 ►Liver Disease

    All thirteen cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid- thoracics (T5-9).


    All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic (T5-9).


    All three cases with pancreas disease has spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic (T5-9).


    All eleven cases with spleen disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic (T5-9).


    All seventeen cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracic (T10-12).

►Prostate and Bladder Disease

    All eight cases with prostate and bladder disease had the lumbar vertebra (L1-3) misaligned.


    The two cases with uterine conditions had the second lumbar vertebra misaligned.


Dr. Winsor’s results were published in The Medical Times and can be found in any medical library. Winsor was not alone in his findings. Similar studies done by other researchers have confirmed his conclusions that a well-aligned spinal column is essential for a healthy body.  

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