Autobiography of A. T. Still
Andrew Taylor Still, D.O.
I WILL inform the reader at the outset that this
book is written to state facts, without being con-fined to exact dates
and figures. Events that have made lasting impressions on my mind,
stated as correctly as possible from memory, are narrated here without
regard to the rules of fine writing. I never kept any notes of my
life, therefore the stories may appear disconnected. When I tell
you of an event it will be the truth as I remember it, regardless of how
it may look in print. I want to avoid "biography" as I write, for
the reason that "biographies" are so nicely worded that the reader often
has to ask whom the narrator "is giving a write-up." Notwithstanding
I am often told that I ought to get a professional "biographer" to take
my life, I have concluded to reserve it for myself.
When I read about the battles of the Rebellion, "How
Major A. T. Still charged on rebels with uplifted saber, urging his men
to victory," I begin to doubt history, for I know there was not a saber
drawn nor any yelling during a hard fight of two hours' duration between
thirty-five thousand combatants on a side. I remember also the reporters
of the sixties, who never tried to write the truth, and could not if they
wanted to, because five to ten miles was as near as they ever got to bullets;
and I think they are sometimes just as afraid of the truth today as they
then were of lead. I will say to the reader, if you wish to read
my story, please read as I write it, and not the garbled account of some
A. T. STILL.
KIRKSVILLE, Mo., June 15th, 1897.