A. P. Davis, M.D., N.D., D.O.
It is not so much a matter of fame on my part, nor
the glory of popular praise, in presenting this book to the world as an
individual production, as is it is to present facts. Every man has
more or less pride in himself, who amounts to anything as a leader of the
people or who wishes to aspire to a promulgator of a great thought, and
I hope to be pardoned for any seeming presumption in presenting this volume
for consideration. No subject claims audience of so large a number
of people as that which concerns their personal welfare, and this being
of that nature - the physical welfare of the race - we hope that the principles
laid down and elucidated herein will receive careful consideration, investigation,
and after trial, the approval of every one interested in health.
It would be presumptuous on the part of the author to claim perfection,
but we have studied the principles involved most carefully, and hope that
we have consummated much that will be invaluable to the reader, and be
in some measure a means of showing to the world, in a clear, concise form,
the peculiar marvelousness and untold benefits of this great science, so
that it may indeed be a blessing to mankind.
Our only apology for offering this volume is that
the subject has not been clearly presented to the public, nor to the profession
in such a manner as to be understood. The sketches sent forth through
journals have scarcely indexed the meaning of, nor the science in a manner
that brought out in anything more than ridicule and repugnance. This
science deserves the closest scrutiny and the most searching investigation,
for it is surely worthy, and will be the leading science of healing - at
no distant day. Our illustrations will be most interesting to the
reader, in that they exhibit fully the application of the principle in
detail so clearly that the science stands out to view in the clearest light
possible, and at once attracts intense attention. Special pains have
been taken to prepare this series of manipulations so as to be easily understood
and used by all persons who carefully study the philosophy involved.
THOUGHTS FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION
It is not the design of this work to embrace all
other sciences and specialties in order to make a show of wisdom - our
sole object being to present the reasons for the application of this science,
and to demonstrate its place among other means of healing. If the
reader will carefully survey the premises, investigate the philosophy and
note the results, a just estimate of the value of the science may be placed
on it, and its proper place assigned for it.
Unobstructed circulation of fluids to and from the
heart, in all parts of the body, and uniting the forces and removing the
pressure, constitute the basic principles of this philosophy, and the means
of promoting these ends is the only object of this book.
Disease, according to the common acceptation of the
term, being only the product of impeded circulation, the desideratum in
all of the manipulations, moves and adjustments shown, illustrated and
explained in this work, will be conceded by the careful reader who desires
to know. There is no secret, arcane abstruseness aimed at, but the
practical uses and results of the science to ameliorate suffering humanity,
to set free what is and has been bound, "lo, these many years," not by
word only, but through the means God has given us.
The field of surgery, gynecology, obstetrics and
other departments of the healing art are not considered in detail, nor
is it the object of this treatise to embrace, but the principles illustrated
will be alike useful to the one as the other. When it is considered
that obstruction causes a larger per cent of pathological conditions
than anything else, and all other things combined, the importance of the
thought we have labored to impress on the mind of the reader, will be realized.
The various methods recommended and shown will be
found adequate, properly applied plied, to afford much satisfaction, great
relief, many cures thought to be beyond the power of known remedies to
It is as much of an impossibility to send communications
over electric wires without continuity of contact as it is to cure disease without
freedom of communication of terminal end nerve footlets or freedom of the circulation
of the fluids of the body; and the reason that Osteopathy shows up so brilliantly,
is because it succeeds in taking off the pressure and permits vital fluids to
move on. Co-ordination in the physical body is as essential as Faith in
the spiritual body. We are not dealing in uncertainties, if we understand
ourselves, nor do we need to conjecture results, for they follow with as much
assurance as effect follows cause. This science, then, becomes a necessity
in the curriculum of the healing art. Those who have had most experience
with Osteopathy are the most ardently impressed in its favor. It wears
favorably with acquaintance.