Autobiography of A. T. Still
Andrew Taylor Still, D.O.
AT the beginning of your Osteopathic duties you have
the satisfaction of knowing that you are about to enter the practice of
a science. By a systematic adherence to its never-failing laws, you
will prove an honor to yourself and a benefactor to mankind. You
should ever remember that Osteopathy is confined to the immutable laws
of nature and an unerring Deity who is its Autbor. As such, it only
remains for the Osteopath to conform to these laws, and his efforts in
this life will not only be crowned with success, but made rich with thanks
of his fellow-man. You are indeed to be congratulated upon the splendid
grades attained at the close of the recent examinations.
Address to Students and Diplomats, May 7th, 1894
Osteopathy Adheres to the Laws of Nature
Affidavits of Medical Doctor
Osteopathy Can Accomplish All Things
All or Nothing
Stand by the Old Flag
The American School of Osteopathy stands today with
all the evidences of success. It has reached this attitude in spite
of the schemes invented by designing men to connect our science with antiquated
ignorance and modern stupidity, to force us to accept relationship with
allopathic drugs, homeopathic pills, electric shocks, medicated sweat-tubs,
and orificial surgery. We are proud of the fact that our science
is giving more relief to suffering humanity when properly applied, than
all the sciences known to human sympathy combined. We pride ourselves
on the truth that we are daily giving to suffering humanity health and
comfort, peace and happiness, relief from pain, with good-will toward men.
This is the sole object of our school, and we should
strive to maintain it in its stainless purity. No system of allopathy,
with its fatal drugs, should ever be permitted to enter our doors.
No homeopathic practice, with its sugar-coated pills, must be allowed to
stain or pollute our name. No orificial surgery, with its tortures
and disappointments to the afflicted, can possibly find an abiding place
in the mind of the true, tried, and qualified Osteopath. Osteopathy
asks not the aid of anything else. It can "paddle its own canoe"
and perform its work within itself when understood. All it asks is
a thorough knowledge of the unerring laws that govern its guidance, and
the rest is yours.
Eminent physicians and surgeons of the "old school,"
who have obtained considerable prominence in their respective localities,
and who were former instructors in this institution of learning, have cheerfully
given us affidavits as an evidence of the high regard in which they hold
the science of Osteopathy. To them, as their sworn statement shows,
Osteopathy stands preeminently above all things else. They do not
link it with various other devices for the relief of suffering humanity,
but make it the all-absorbing and permanent science of the age. So
with pleasure I submit you the following sworn statement:
KIRKSVILLE, Mo., January 13th, 1893.
I am a fully qualified physician and surgeon, registered
to practice. I have an intimate acquaintance with the methods of
treating diseases known as Osteopathy, in which no drugs are used.
I solemnly and sincerely swear that I believe and
know the above system to be in advance of anything known to the general
medical profession in the treatment of disease.
ANDREW P. DAVIS, M. D.,
Registered in Mo., Ill., Colo., Cal., and Texas.
Physician and Surgeon, Registered in Scotland, and
F. S. DAVIS, M. D.,
Registered in Texas.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this fourteenth
day of January, A.D. 1893. My commission expires September 5th, 1895.
WILMAM T. PORTER,
Thus will be seen the position that Osteopathy occupies
in the estimation of these gentlemen, who doubtless would blush with shame
to see their names affixed to anything inconsistent or contrary to their
sworn statements. It will be observed that allopathy, homeopathy,
eclecticism, and orificial surgery in particular are conspicuously evaded
and surely they would not stoop to belittle our science by mixing or connecting
it with these fading sciences of antiquity. You are thus appealed
to, to be likewise in the practice of your chosen profession. Remember
that all power is of no avail unless guided by the laws of the unerring
Deity, to whose unchangeable laws we must conform if we hope to win the
battle of life. Osteopathy should be the lighthouse on which your
eye must be continually fixed. In its study you will find room for
every thought, a place for every idea, and comfort for every fear.
New and difficult cases will be presented to you for adjustment, but stick
to Osteopathy. Do not warp your intellect or stain the good name
of this school by straying after strange gods. Always bear in mind
that Osteopathy will do the work if properly applied, that all else is
unnatural, unreasonable, and is therefore wrong, and should not be entertained
by the student or diplomat who has the brain to grasp in all its fullness
the most advanced and progressive science of the nineteenth century.
If Osteopathy is not complete within itself, it is nothing.
It walks hand in hand with nothing but nature's laws, and for this reason alone
it marks the most significant progress in the history of scientific research,
and is as plainly understood by the natural mind as the gild at even-tide that
decks the golden West. Hear me again! You are the only true and
brave soldiers in the great army of freedom, battling for the liberation of
fettered bodies. On your conscientious work will rest the thanks of man.
Live up to the great cause of Osteopathy, and let not the weary one fall by
the wayside. Lift in sympathy and love the suffering brother from out
the depths of disease and drugs. Let your light so shine before men that
the world will know you are an Osteopath pure and simple, and that no prouder
title can follow a human name. Stand by the "old flag" of Osteopathy,
on whose fluttering folds are emblazoned in letters of glittering gold: "One
science, one Lord, one faith, and one baptism."