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100 YEARS AFTER A.T. STILLS DEATH:
A TRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDER OF OSTEOPATHY!
- Scan from the original first edition.
- Hand-bound book in fine real leather of absolute highest quality.
- Letters of real gold.
A.T.Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine was born in Virginia in 1828. After sehrving an apprenticeship under his father, he completed additional coursework at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Kansas City, Missouri, He went on to serve as a surgeon in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After the Civil War and following the death of three of his children from spinal meningitis in 1864, Still concluded that the orthodox medical practices of his day were ineffective and devoted the next ten years of his life to studying the human body and fi nding better ways to treat disease.
His research and clinical observations led him to believe that the musculoskeletal system played a vital role in health and disease and that the body contained all of the elements needed to maintain health if properly stimulated. Still believed that by correcting problems in the body‘s structure, through the use of manual techniques, the body’s ability to function and to heal itself could be greatly improved.
He also promoted the idea of preventive medicine and endorsed the philosophy that physicians should focus on treating the whole patient (“triune nature of man”), rather than just the disease. At the time, these beliefs formed the basis of a new medical approach, osteopathic medicine.
Osteolib-series, Vol. II.
This treatise on the philosophy of Osteopathy was also reprinted by the Academy of Applied Osteopathy and the American Academy of Osteopathy. Still felt that perhaps this book was a bit premature in being published at such an early date because Osteopathy was so new at this time. He did, however, want to publish something in response to others who had published about the topic, but who he felt deviated from the true nature of Osteopathy. He sets out guiding principles here in place of rigid rules. He uses the principle of normal versus abnormal to guide students into what he feels is the proper way of thinking about disease and treatment, and calls osteopaths artists. As all of his books, he uses a very plain English, Midwestern American dialect in his writing that is easy and fun to read.