A Manual of Osteopathy
Eduard W. Goetz, D.O.
PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION
IN THE preparation of this volume for the press,
the aim has been to make every page and every sentence plain to all, whether
the be physicians or not. The importance of physical culture, baths,
and diet is conceded by everybody. But not every one has at hand
a compact manual of instruction upon these subjects, in their relation
to the cure of particular diseases. This book, from which technical
terms have been excluded as far as possible, will, it is believed, supply
such instruction, to those who study it attentively and follow its suggestions
in good faith.
The book, however, claims to be something more than
a code of dietetics, baths, and exercise. It is in its way a complete
handbook on the treatment of disease, not by faith, but by knowledge based
upon careful investigation and on discoveries in the science of healing
which are not the less valuable because they happen to be new and strange
to some. The principles which it sets forth are, perhaps, less widely
known now than they will be in the future. It would take a much larger
volume than the present one to enumerate and explain them in all details.
Nevertheless, this book, while not an encyclopedia, nor a full technical
treatise, is equal to the purpose I had in mind, that of placing in the
hands of the unlearned the power of successfully treating the most common
ailments, and thus preventing the development of the more, dangerous ones,
to which the human body is subject. I may even hope that the expert
physician who scans these pages with an open, unprejudiced mind, will see
new points of value to be added to his previous study and experience in
therapeutics. I hold that Osteopathy has a worthy message to the
intelligent medical men of all existing schools.
True, the new science of Osteopathy is only in its
beginning. Doctor Still has given us a grand foundation upon which
to build. It is labor for the advancement of science, in general,
to widen the possibilities of this particular science, and it is the privilege
of all who can, to contribute whatever will be of interest and benefit
to the practitioner as well as to the public. This new science has
no secrets; its methods are human, not supernatural, and it teaches nothing
but what all can learn and test for themselves. Wonderful strides
have been made in the advancement of this new science, and much knowledge
has been gathered in the application of the principles discovered by Doctor
Still. It is the intention of this book to embody the most practical
lessons which others have taught me or which I have learned from my own
experience as to the use of Osteopathy in healing disease.
Neither pains nor expense has been spared to make
this a complete work, thoroughly simple, and that any one with ordinary
intelligence can understand and apply.
EDUARD W. GOETZ, D. O.