Dr. Thompson took the Derefield leg checks and created the Thompson-Derefield Leg Check analysis. Throughout his career, he received 23 patents on Chiropractic equipment and a process patent for the headpiece. Dr. Thompson served on the faculty of Palmer College from 1947 to 1961 where he was the head of research for 10 years. He lectured in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Canada, and Jamaica. Dr. Thompson was on the continuing education faculty of Life, Life West, Cleveland, CMCC, PCC and PCC West. He was awarded Chiropractor of the Year in 1958, the DD Scientific Award in 1967, and the Life Chiropractic College Science Award in 1983. His table was on display at the Smithsonian Institute as well. Dr. Thompson believed Chiropractors should spend time adjusting patients, not tables. His table, the Zenith 440 Thompson Table is still available through Williams Healthcare Systems and remains the “Cadillac” of adjusting tables.
Dr. Thompson passed away in 1995 at the age of 86. Chiropractic gave him an additional 60 years of life. It is no wonder Dr. Thompson believed Chiropractic is the greatest profession in the world!