Philosophy of Osteopathy
Andrew Taylor Still, D.O.
Many of my friends have been anxious ever since Osteopathy became an established
fact, that I should write a treatise on the science. But I was never convinced
that the time was ripe for such a production, nor am I even now convinced that
this is not a little premature. Osteopathy is only in its infancy, it
is a great unknown sea just discovered, and as yet we are only acquainted with
Where I saw others who had not more than skimmed the surface of the science,
taking up the pen to write books on Osteopathy, and after having carefully examined
their productions, found they were drinking from the fountains of old schools
of drugs, dragging back the science to the very systems from which I divorced
myself so many years ago, and realized that hungry students were ready to swallow
such mental poison, dangerous as it was, I became fully awakened to the necessity
of some sort of Osteopathic literature for those wishing to be informed.
This book is free from quotations from medical authors, and differs from them
in opinion on almost every. important question. I do not expect it to
meet their approval; such a thing would be unnatural and impossible.
It is my object in this work to teach principles as I understand them, and
not rules. I do not instruct the student to punch or pull a certain bone,
nerve or muscle for a certain disease, but by a knowledge of the normal and
abnormal, I hope to give a specific knowledge for all diseases.
This work has been written a little at a time for several years, just as I
could snatch a moment from other cares to devote to it. I have carefully
compiled these thoughts into a treatise. Every principle herein laid down
has been fairly well tested by myself, and proven true.
The book has been written by myself in my own way, without any ambition to
fine writing, but to give to the world a start in a philosophy that may be a
guide in the future.
Owing to the great haste with which the book has been rushed through the press
to meet the urgent demand, we will ask the indulgence of the public for any
imperfection that may appear. Hoping the world may profit by these thoughts,
A. T. STILL.
Kirksville, Mo., Sept. 1, 1899.