Principles of Osteopathy
Dain L. Tasker, D. O.
PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION
A long time has elapsed since the second edition
of this book was sold out. The present edition is, in reality, a
new book instead of what is ordinarily understood as a revision.
The material which was developed for the first and second editions was
entirely destroyed by the dynamite explosion and fire which wrecked the
great estab-lishment of the Los Angeles Times and killed more than a score
of its employees.
The demand for this book having grown steadily more
insistent and the more important fact that, during the time since the publication
of the second edition, there has been a great development in every phase
of osteopathic teaching and practice, has led us to attempt to produce
an edition of Principles of Osteopathy which will be even more useful to
students and practitioners than our former editions.
The experimental work done in the laboratories of
our colleges and of private investigators, as well as the recorded experiences
of our practitioners, tend more and more to substantiate the Principles
of Osteopathy as set forth in our previous editions. The feeling
that this book will furnish genuine assistance in the teaching and practice
of osteopathy leads the author to send it forth, with the belief that its
imperfections will be kindly excused by its readers, in view of the spirit
of generous helpfulness toward all schools of medicine which has been made
the reason for its existence.
Nearly every chapter is in some degree changed or
completely rewritten. Several new chapters, of practical value, have
been added. Much of the material in early chapters of the former
editions, relating to histology, has been eliminated.
The writer wishes to express his gratitude to John Comstock
for his valuable assistance in illustrating this edition.