A Little Journey to The Home of Andrew Taylor Still

Booklet and pictures courtesy of Boice Lydell. Comments by Paul Jackson.

A Little Journey to The Home of Andrew Taylor Still

By Elbert Hubbard, 1912

This booklet measures 8" x 6" and has 28 numbered pages plus colophon. The cover design and the tree designs on the back cover and interior appear to be the work of Dard Hunter but are unsigned.
Andrew Taylor Still, MD (1828-1917) originally expressed the principles of osteopathy in 1874, when medical science was in its infancy. A medical doctor, Still believed that diseases were caused by mechanical interference with nerve and blood supply and were curable by manipulation of "deranged, displaced bones, nerves, muscles -- removing all obstructions -- thereby setting the machinery of life moving." His autobiography states that he could "shake a child and stop scarlet fever, croup, diphtheria, and cure whooping cough in three days by a wring of its neck."
Osteopathic medicine advertises itself as a complete system of medical care. The philosophy is to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. It emphasizes the interrelationships of structure and function, and the appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself. The percentages of DOs involved in chelation therapy, clinical ecology, orthomolecular therapy, homeopathy, ayurvedic medicine, and several other dubious practices appear to be higher among osteopaths than among medical doctors. The Roycroft published a booklet on Osteopathy in 1912 and reprinted it in 1938.

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