Philosophy of Osteopathy
Andrew Taylor Still, D.O.
SCARLET FEVER AND SMALLPOX
AS DEFINED BY ALLOPATHY.
"Scarlet fever begins with a short period of tired
feeling. A short period of chilly sensation, fullness of eyes and
sore throat. In a few hours fever begins with great heat of back
of head. It soon extends all over the body, sick stomach and vomiting,
generally accompany the disease. Rash of a red color beginning on
back, and extends to throat and limbs. About the second or third
day, the fever is very high, from 1000 to 1040 and
generally lasts to fifth and seventh day, at which time fever begins to
diminish, with itching over the body. The skin at this time throws
off all of the dead scales that had been red rash in the forepart of the
disease. Often the lining membranes of the mouth, throat and tonsils
slough and bleed. Also pus is often formed just under the skin in
front of the throat. Such cases usually die. [* Very true,
if treated by the medicine man.]
AS DEFINED BY OSTEOPATHY.
Is a disease generally of the early spring and late
fall seasons. Generally comes with cold and damp weathers during
east winds. It begins with sore throat, chilly and tired feelings,
followed with headache and vomiting. In a few hours chilly feeling
leaves and fever sets in very high, burns your hands. The patient
is rounded in chest, abdomen, face and limbs by congestion of the fascia
and all of the lymphatic glands. This stagnation will soon begin
its work of fermentation of the fluids of fascia, then you see the rash.
If you do not want to see the rash and sloughing of throat, with a dead
patient, I would advise you to train your guns on the blood, nerves, and
lymphatics of the fascia and stop the cause at once, or quit.
If we give a thought to the action of the electro-motor
force, we would be constrained to believe that a power that could drive
gas through a body of great density, would be much less than one that could
force lymph through the same density. The same of albumen.
POWER TO DRIVE
GREATER THAN IN MEASLES.
Thus in smallpox the motor energy must be equal to the force
that would convey albumen through all tissues. Measles would be less,
and so on according to the thickness of the fluids present. Thus you see
the power to drive dead fluids from fascia must be much greater in smallpox
than in cases of measles. Then we must see the why the pulse of smallpox
is so powerful during development of the pox. After killing the fluids
by retention in the fascia of the skin, a greater force yet is created by hurting
nerve fibers of fascia; then the motor energy appears and all the powers of
life go to help the arteries force fluids through the skin and push to and leave
them in the fascia of the skin to be eliminated as best it can. In some
parts elimination fails, such places are called pox. They supurate and
drop out leaving a pit (the pox mark). Now had the nerves of the skin
and fascia not been irritated to contract the skin against the fascia passing
its dead fluids through the excretory ducts of the skin, we probably would have
no eruption. It is not quite reasonable to conclude that after the heart
overloads the fascia and the nerves lose their control by pressure of fluids,
that all that is left is chemical action to the production of pus, which throws
it out of fascia in intervening spaces? Then should the fascia have greater
death of its substances, we have one spot to run into others, and we have "confluent