Elmer D. Barber, D. O.
In presenting Osteopathy Complete to the student
and practitioner we feel that we are entering a field comparatively new,
and upon which very little has been written.
The word "osteopathy," signifying bone-disease,
is a misnomer, and is in itself misleading. It was coined by the
discoverer of a few of the fundamental principles of this new science of
The human system is, to all intents and purposes, a wonderful machine,
capable of running for an indefinite period of time, unless interfered
with by accidents, dislocations, contraction of muscles, obstruction of
the nerve-force, or the circulation of the nutritive fluids of the body.
The heart is compared to a double force-pump, driving
the blood through the arteries, or irrigating channels, which pervade the
most hidden recesses of the entire body; the veins collecting it from the
capillaries and returning it to the heart.
The brain is compared to a dynamo which generates,
and transmits by way of the nerves the forces which control and give vitality
to every tissue and organ of the body.
Osteopathy is based upon a thorough knowledge of
anatomy and physiology, and enables the skilled operator to reduce dislocations,
or, by mechanical methods, to keep free the wonderful forces and nutritive
fluids of the body so essential to true physiological conditions; and that
its methods are efficacious in the treatment of many diseases which have
baffled the skill of almost all other methods, which have been tried and
proven to be of no avail, can be attested by thousands who have been restored
to health and usefulness by an application of Its principles.
With an earnest desire to advance the cause of Osteopathy,
and place it before the public in its true light: at the request of students
and practitioners, we have thrust aside the veil of mystery in which it
has been shrouded by its discover and his associates.
Such standard works as Gray, Landois, Saunders,
and Musser, which should be in the library of every osteopath, have been
The author has endeavored to be accurate, concise,
and modern, and to merit in the future the firm support and encouragement
received in the past.
We are deeply indebted to Dr. Helen M. Barber for
many valuable suggestions; also to Dr. Sanford T. Lyne for valuable assistance
in the classification of diseases. We are also deeply indebted to
Dr. Andrew E. Knutson for valuable assistance, preparation of index and
treatise upon dietetics.
Elmer D. Barber, D. O.
Kansas City, MO
Graduate of the American School of Osteopathy
President of the National School of Osteopathy
Secretary of the American College of Manual Therapeutics