by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O.
“This work is written for the student of osteopathy: written to assist him to think before he acts, to reason for and hunt the cause in all cases before he treats; for on his ability to find the cause depends his success in relieving and curing the afflicted.” A.T. Still, M.D., D.O.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O. offeredThe Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy as a prize to the best student in his class. After his death in 1917, the book disappeared.
Enter an enterprising D.O. duo (Jerry Dickey, D.O. and Larry Bader, D.O.) from Kirskville, MO, birthplace of Osteopathy. They discovered the work, originally published in 1908, and reprinted it in the 1980’s.
Because of their efforts, we have had the good fortune of reviewing this lost work and learning more about Dr. Still’s unique ideas of human functioning and the art of manually correcting mechanical influences on human disease.
In this 2005 re-printed edition, The Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy, Dr. Still presents his keen reasoning from anatomical malalignment to physiological discord. This is the only tome in which he actually describes how to do the various procedures. From re-aligning the femoral-coxal joint in sciatica to pulling up the cecum, small intestines, and sigmoid rectum in uterine dysfunctions (They all drop into the pelvis and crowd the poor uterus’s circulation.), Dr. Still’s keen reasoning mind and practical anatomical insight will amaze and inspire you.
Even with our modern medical diagnostic equipment and therapeutic armamentariums, today’s physicians often struggle to cure many of the same maladies as the physician’s of Dr. Still’s time did.
Combining what we know now with what he knew then opens a whole new rewarding and effective vista for our clinical success.
Let Dr. Still’s Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy inspire you as it has generations of osteopathic physicians.
319 pages ISBN 1-932297-00-6
Hard Bound Edition, Gold Embossed Title