OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
making a difference
Dr. A.T. Still (1828-1917) developed the revolutionary
concept of osteopathic medicine 100 years ago. Dr. G.V.
Webster, D.O . describes osteopathy as the "knowledge of
the structure, relations, and functions of each part and tis­
sue of the human body applied to the adjustment and cor­
rection of whatever may be interfering with their harmoni­
ous operation ."
It
is more than just "cracking a neck" or
"popping a back."
It
is a philosophy.
It
is the belief that the
human body has an amazing capacity to restore itself and
only needs proper adjustment and nourishment to keep it in
perfect health. The role of the osteopathic physician is to
assist na ture by practicing preventive medicine and by
teaching patients how to live for optimal health.
OMT ta kes years to perfect.
C ra ig Frayer ta kes a break from
Linda Morgan gets a head start
seeing patients to stay current, or is
by pr ac ti c ing her palpation
tha t a book for enjoyment?
ski lls on Michelle Walker.
The students, faculty, and staff
were trea ted to a skit about Dr.
Still's wife during convocation at
OSU-COM .
In the words of A.T. Still, "any variation from health
has a cause, and the cause has a location.
It
is the busi- •
ness of the osteopath to locate anbd remove it, doing
away with the disease and getting health instead. Nature
has no apology to offer. It does the work if you know
how to line up the parts; then food and rest are all that is
required ." The students at OSU-COM, and other osteo­
pathic schools, are exposed to this philosophy from day
one of their medical training. That is why osteopathic
medicine grows stronger with each new class of gradu­
ates and why osteopathic physicians have been "MAK­
ING A DIFFERENCE" for the past 100 years, and will
continue to do so in the future.
Andy DeSonia tries to palpate
John Crim practices the theory
through a cast. I don't think
of carbohydrate loading so he
even Dr. Still could have ac­
can keep up with his afternoon
complished that , Andy .
patients.
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