Autobiography of A. T. Still
Andrew Taylor Still, D.O.
Osteopathy, s. [Gr. (osten) = a bone, and (pathos)
Legal: "A system, method, or science of healing.". (See
statutes of the state of Missouri.)
Historical: Osteopathy was discovered by Dr. A. T. Still,
of Baldwin, Kan., 1874. Dr. Still reasoned that "a natural flow of
blood is health; and disease is the effect of local or general disturbance
of blood -- that to excite the nerves causes muscles to contract and compress
venous flow of blood to the heart; and the bones could be used as levers
to relieve pressure on nerves, veins, and arteries. (A. T.
Technical: Osteopathy is that science which consists
of such exact, exhaustive, and verifiable knowledge of the structure and
functions of the human mechanism, anatomical, physiological, and psychological,
including the chemistry and physics of its known elements, as has made
discoverable certain organic laws and remedial resources, within the body
itself, by which nature under the scientific treatment peculiar to osteopathic
practice, apart from all ordinary methods of extraneous, artificial, or
medicinal stimulation, and in harmonious accord with its own mechanical
principles, molecular activities, and metabolic processes, may recover
from displacements, disorganizations, derangements, and consequent disease,
and regain its normal equilibrium of form and function in health and strength.
Osteopath, s. The same as OSTEOPATHIST (q.v.).
Osteopathic, a. Of or belonging to Osteopathy; as, osteopathic
Osteopathically, adv. In an osteopathic manner; according
to the rules and principles of Osteopathy.
Osteopathist, s. One who believes or practises in osteopathy;
Diplomate in Osteopathy. The technical and official designation
of a graduate and practitioner in Osteopathy, the formal title of such graduate
or practitioner being D.O. -- Diplomate or Doctor in Osteopathy.