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Osteopathy

  • By: Stephanie Norander
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The American physician Andrew Taylor Still developed osteopathic medicine, also known as osteopathy, in the United States at the end of the 19th century. Still was motivated to develop an alternative approach to medicine because he was dissatisfied with the common treatments (e.g., bloodletting) and drugs prescribed at the time. In 1874, Still coined the term osteopathy based on four basic tenets: (1) the body is an integrated whole made up of the mind, body, and spirit; (2) the body is capable of self-healing; (3) the structure of the body influences how the body functions; and (4) each patient should be treated as an individual, with an emphasis on the person rather than solely on the symptoms.

Medical students review a technique of osteopathic manipulative methods ...

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