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The Paradox of Osteopathy

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  • Joel D. Howell, M.D., Ph.D.

In the spring of 1864, Andrew Taylor Still, a rural Kansas practitioner, watched helplessly as the best medications then available failed to save his three children from spinal meningitis. Bitterly disappointed, Still set out to devise an alternative healing practice. He eventually based his new system on the idea that manipulation of the spine could improve blood flow and thus improve health by allowing the body to heal itself. His philosophy included a healthy dose of moralism; patients were forbidden to consume any liquor and, as part of the break from existing practices, were also forbidden to take any medicine. . . .

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Joel D. Howell, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0604