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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Dr. Jay's Mentor Pasquale Cerasoli Passes on at 98 

Pasquale Cerasoli passed away 03/01/10 at 9:11pm at home with friends.

He taught many including Dr. Yuhas the art of chiropractic.

Here is a little about him from a bio done when he was 97.

You will be missed.

For 33 years he practiced seven days a week in Brooklyn, New York. He only took three vacations during that time and saw well over 150 patients per day. In 1980, he took down his shingle "so the young ones could have the limelight and the so-called mature people can sit back a bit."

Now Dr. Pasquale Cerasoli teaches post graduate courses once a week in the auditorium that used to serve as the lecture hall for his lay lectures. "I teach the philosophy of chiropractic and adjusting to D.C.s, but lay people like to come down and learn about chiropractic philosophy so they sit in too," he said.

His colleagues said that, at one time, there would be 60 or more patients in his reception area who would wait sometimes two hours to receive "chiropractic services." According to his colleagues, he saw 361 patients on his busiest day. Dr. Pat, as his patients called him, adjusted children for free. He charged $2.00 an adjustment when he began practicing in 1947 and was charging $3.00 when he retired in 1980.

He is as dedicated to chiropractic today as he was in 1940 when he first found out about chiropractic at 29 years of age. He would drive two hours one way, three days a week to receive an adjustment from William H. Werner, D.C., whose office was located in Queens on Woodhaven Blvd. But, according to Dr. Pat, it was well worth the trip and he had made a vow that if he ever found a cure for what ailed him, he would spend his life making sure as many people found out about it as possible.

"When I was three years old, I was vaccinated for polio and I received post vaccinal encephalitis from the vaccine. For three months doctors at that time said I would not live," Dr. Pat explained. "Well, I made it but I was always sick and I tried everything. Finally, many years later, someone told me about chiropractic and I got well through chiropractic."

Dr. Pat attended Eastern Chiropractic Institute, which was located in Manhattan and became a part of National College of Chiropractic.

His patients were as dedicated to him as he is to chiropractic.

"My own receptionist was one of my first patients. She was a very, very sick woman. No one could make any diagnosis. She was only about 80 pounds when I got her. She was so desperate, she went all over, to spiritualists and so forth and so on," Dr. Pat said. "So, when I came back from the service I opened up (my practice) and her husband heard about me and after about eight months of adjusting, she began to feel better.

"After I set up this building in 1950, I asked her if she would like to be my receptionist and she said she would and she stayed with me right up until 1980," he continued.

When Dr. Pat refers to his "building," he refers to the structure he built 57 years ago which served as his office, his living quarters and an auditorium for his lay lectures. His office was on the first floor, his living quarters on the top floor and the auditorium, which seats 100, is in the basement.

Dr. Pat's most memorable and rewarding experience still gives him "goose pimples." He tells the story like this. "This woman came in with her young child, about eight or nine months old, and the child was something like a rag doll. She couldn't see, couldn't hear, couldn't talk and the child got this way because she had a middle ear infection which hit the brain and this child went into a coma and remained that way. So, the woman was told to institutionalize the child because no one would be able to restore her," he explained.

"She heard of chiropractic and she came into the office and I told her I didn't know what could be done but at least give the child that much of a chance. So, three times a week I adjusted her and after four months, we seemed to have no response at all. This child didn't seem to respond a bit. But at the end of four, the child was on the adjusting table and, my receptionist used to assist me while I adjusted, and this child, for the first time, started to move her eyes from side to side. Prior to that, she stared. And then she looked over and she saw her mother and she said, 'Ma Ma.' Of course, the mother started crying, my receptionist started crying and I got the goose pimples," he continued.

Dr. Pat said today his patient is somewhere in her 40s, is completely healed and has a job as a bank teller. He said, "I've had a lot (of experiences) but I just keep thinking of when that child was on the table and she just moved her eyes from side to side and uttered her first words. That's enough to get you."

His advice to the young doctors to whom he has turned over the "limelight" is to believe in what they are doing. "They've got to feel that the profession, that chiropractic, is something unique. Of course we need an education, but that unique feeling, that courage of one's conviction can only be had through himself or herself.

"We've got to stop trying to make ourselves bigger than chiropractic. I believe what the good Lord has blessed me with is that chiropractic manifests through me but I do nothing without that manifestation," he continued. "I think they've gone into too many fields. You can only be a master of one field and you can't be a master of too many fields. When I had patients, if I thought they needed some other help, I would tell them so because it's a lifelong study, chiropractic is. I'm still learning. I don't care how old I get. I'm past 97 now but I'm not old, I'm just mature."

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