Osteopathy: Andrew Taylor Still dies


Founder of osteopathy

Osteopathy: Andrew Taylor Still dies

93 years ago today, on December 12, 1917, the founder of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still, died. Time to take advantage of this moment, take a look back at the roots of osteopathy and take a look at the current situation of osteopathy.

Roots of Osteopathy Andrew Taylor Still was born the son of Abram and Martha Still in 1828. His father was a methodistically very active and committed preacher who has always spoken out openly against slavery. Taylor said that on June 22, 1874, in the morning, on June 22, 1874, she had the inspiration to justify the concept of osteopathy. Without medication, he only wanted to activate the self-healing powers - for him "The Pharmacy of God" - in the patient through the power of his therapeutic hands. In 1897 he finally opened the world's first American School of Osteopathy (ASO) in Kirksville, Missouri.

Since then, osteopathy has not stopped, but has continued to develop and spread to almost all industrialized countries around the world. Many osteopaths have developed new concepts and enriched osteopathy. Like for example the osteopaths Peter Wührl, Jerome Helsmoortel and Thomas Hirth the treatment and perspective of the internal organs.

Osteopathy Nowadays If you follow the fields of activity of osteopathy in recent years and if you look at the results of surveys among osteopaths, such as the Canadian osteopath Jane Stark DOMP, osteopathy has largely become a pure treatment of the musculoskeletal system. The main reasons why people go to an osteopathic practice are complaints such as a headache at the back of the head, back pain, arm lifting pain or knee pain.

It is thanks to Christian Hartmann from the Jolandos publishing house in Pähl that this very osteopathic publishing house also republishes old osteopathy books. In this way, osteopaths of younger semesters get an impression of how the osteopaths approached patients and their complaints at the beginning of the last century.
A good example is the book "Applied Anatomy" by Marion Edward Clark, which Jolandos Verlag has now translated into German. The author Clark graduated from Still in 1899 as the best student at the American School of Osteopathy, and in 1906 this book was published as one of two he wrote. Clark describes each vertebra, rib, organ and certain conditions such as pregnancy or bodily functions in individual chapters. When reading it becomes clear what osteopaths treated at that time: Clark describes liver colic, fibroid tumors, hyperthyroidism and other diseases related to osteopathic treatments and observations.

When Andrew Taylor Still died in 1917, he hadn't been able to speak properly for three years because he had a stroke in 1914. In the years before, Still, according to the biography of him by Carol Trowbridge from the United States, had seen how osteopathy through student stills lost the loyalty of the basic beliefs for monetary reasons or for broader acceptance in society. It is to be hoped that the essence of osteopathy, which founded Still and the last transmitted message of stills to osteopathy, will be kept alive: “Keep it pure.” (Tf, 12.12.2010)

Literature: "Andrew Taylor Still 1828-1917- A biography of the discoverer of osteopathy"; Carol Trowbridge; Jolandos publishing house
"Applied Anatomy"; Marion Edward Clark; Jolandos publishing house

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