Collection P209 - American College of Mechano-Therapy Collection

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American College of Mechano-Therapy Collection

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CA OSLER P209

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  • 1909-1913 (Creation)
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    American College of Mechano-Therapy

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6 cm textual records.

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(1905-1920)

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The American College of Mechano-Therapy operated in Chicago, IL, between roughly 1905 and 1920. It was founded by William Charles Schulze, an 1897 graduate of Rush Medical College and practicing MD licensed in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Schulze was born in Germany in 1870. Schulze incorporated the American College of Mechano-Therapy in 1907 and served as its president. Purporting to be the “largest eclectic school of drugless healing in the world,” the College offered a training course via correspondence. Though heavily criticized by the medical establishment, mechanical methods of healing nonetheless were increasingly popular in North America in the early part of the 20th century.

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Donated to the Osler Library by Mort Friedland, July 2017.

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Collection consists of correspondence, mail-order course prospectus entitled, “How to Become a Mechano-Therapist,” and 30 instructional pamphlets comprising the correspondence course. Also includes reprint from the Journal of the American Medical Association debunking the College. Final file contains provenance records and information about the College and its founder compiled by donor. Framed diploma from the College is also included (Osler ART 101).

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  • English

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The documents are in English.

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at osler.library@mcgill.ca. Advance notice is recommended.

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