The Success of Osteopathy

Booklet and pictures courtesy of Dick Blacher. Description by Paul Jackson.

The Success of Osteopathy
by Elbert Hubbard, 1912

These booklets measure 8" x 6" and has 16 pages. This book is about Osteopathy and practitioners L. C. Kingsbury and W. H. Andrus These two DOs (Doctors of Osteopathy) were graduates under Andrew Taylor Still. This booklet was reprinted in 1938.

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.

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