Andrew T. Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine, reveals how he matured into a medical pioneer from humble beginnings in the rural frontier of the United States. Beginning with his upbringing in rural Missouri, we witness how Still became accustomed to practicality at a young age. At the time he was a boy in the 1840s, the area he and his family lived in was barely settled - many basic public amenities such as hospitals and schools simply did not exist. Still's father became the local doctor, and would introduce his son to the medicine. Food was also a concern, and Still was taught as a youngster how to hunt for meat with a flintlock musket - a weapon that took the greatest patience and discipline to handle. The outbreak of the American Civil War in the 1860s disrupted the young Still's apprenticeship in medicine and surgery, although he gained valuable experience treating sick and wounded soldiers as a hospital steward. During and after the war, Still was astonished at how ineffectual so many medical techniques were - this, coupled with researches and a further course in medicine, spurred him to create the science of osteopathy. In Still's day the drugs used by doctors carried many side effects. Throughout this biography he notes cases where patients were inadvertently killed by - or rendered addicted to - morphine, while quinine's severe side effects are likewise detailed. For Still such drugs were strictly the last recourse: instead, he placed faith in manipulation of the bones and musculature for a variety of ailments. Still experienced success in his methods and became a renowned doctor and surgeon. His osteopathic methods resulted in the alleviation of much suffering; through its use, many patient's vigor would be restored. Living to see Missouri grow and develop as a state, Still actively advanced the sciences by co-founding Baker University. To this day, he remains one of Missouri's most famous and respected individuals.
Original Osteopathic Moves, Taught by Doctor Andrew Taylor Still to Dr. Charles F. Haverlin a pupil and graduate of Doctor A. T. Still A publication consisting of 10 Lectures, which have been recorded by Dr Frederic W. Collins, MD, AM, Do, Ph.C., and published in 1924.
Andrew Taylor Still was the founder of osteopathic therapy; in this book, he details his philosophy for healing, the researches he undertook to advance his understanding, and the successful cases he treated. The first part of this text sees Still detail his medical philosophy, and what led him to it. Witnessing the inadequacies of medicine in achieving good outcomes for patients, it was through intensive research that Still arrived at meaningful conclusions toward improvements. For Still, each organ is to fulfill its duties, has its own requirements, and thus must be tended to in a particular way in the event of malady. After concluding these reflections, Still turns to each region of the body in sequence. The individual body parts and systems are each considered separately, allowing Still to detail his ideas regarding the treatment of ailments peculiar to each part. Diseases peculiar to every part of the human body are discussed in detail, with the prognosis, evaluation and treatment of them highlighted. The concluding parts of the book concern diseases which are contagious; various examples of illnesses such as yellow fever, mumps and measles receive scrutiny. Already a veteran medic by the time he published this book in 1910, Still describes the symptoms and consequent treatments he would proscribe for each. After detailing miscellaneous matters, he concludes with a summation of osteopathy as a discipline. Although aspects of Andrew Taylor Still's methodology have since lost favor in the medical community, many of his discoveries in osteopathy are considered of substantial value to this day. Additionally, his work in preventative medicine is considered pioneering. The adjustments and setting of the bones in particular has been found to provide immense relief of some conditions, and as such many hospitals continue to practice osteopathic therapy to this day.
Osteopathy, and Bowen therapy in particular, emphasises the importance of making therapeutic pauses during treatments. But it is not explained why a pause should be incorporated into the treatment session, just that it is important to do so. This book is based on research which attempted to understand and identify the physiology that might justify the inclusion of pauses during treatment. It also looked at how much the pause was used within osteopathic treatment in general.
The Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy' is one of the landmark works in the field of Osteopathy, written by its founder, Andrew Taylor Still. Still was an American surgeon and physician who turned his attention to developing a system of treatment less invasive than the conventional treatments of his day. He investigated many 19th century practices and was inspired by their relatively tame side-effects. He believed that manipulation of the muscular skeletal system was the key to alleviating many illnesses, and developed his techniques into what he called Osteopathy (Greek roots osteon- for bone and -pathos for suffering). He promoted his system widely and founded the American School of Osteopathy, the world's first osteopathic school, in Missouri. We are republishing this work with a brand new introductory biography of the author.
Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew Still. In 1874, Andrew Still, a medical doctor living on the Missouri frontier, discovered the significance of living anatomy in health and disease. Dr. Still realized that optimal health is possible only when all of the tissues and cells of the body function together in harmonious motion. He reasoned that disease could have its origins in slight anatomical deviation from normal. He then proved he could restore health by treating the body with his hands, naming his innovative approach to restoring health: Osteopathy. He understood that the human body is composed of many parts, all intimately related as a functional whole. More than a hundred years ago, Dr. Still realized that the human being is more than just a physical body. He envisioned a totally new medical system that acknowledges the relationships of the body, mind, emotions and spirit.
The book aims: To enable osteopaths - and other manual practitioners/bodyworkers - to understand the importance of fascia and its relevance to their work..... By providing a comprehensive textbook covering history, nature and properties [function] of fascia... And covering all aspects of osteopathic management of disorders that relate to/are mediated by the fascia..... Using contributions from leading authorities bearing in mind so far as possible the needs and interests of osteopaths.