He was an army surgeon and an abolitionist during the Civil War. Dr. Still became discouraged by the traditional medicine of the time when his wife and several of his children suffered with, and later died from infection. The treatments and medicines available were helpless in their battle, and as a doctor trained in their use, so was he. Dr. Still realized there was more to the study of life and health, and he began the task of rediscovering the basic principles of Anatomy and Physiology. After many years of meticulous dissections, and intricate examination of every detail comprising the human body, he set to work using the information he had gathered in his exhaustive study to help to heal his patients.
Dr. Still named his new approach to medicine and health “osteopathy” because he found that its study must begin with the bones (osteo), but is not limited to them. Osteopathy places its emphasis on the relationship of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and its influence on all the organ systems of the body. The greatest interest of practitioners of Osteopathy is the study of human anatomy and physiology. Following in Dr. Still’s footsteps, they know how important it is to have a thorough understanding of the relationship and function of each bone and other structures in the body. This is essential to the normal and healthy working of the human body.
Osteopathic Physicians look at the causes of disease and suffering, originating in the abnormal working relationship that can exist within and between structures.
Evan S. Rubin, D.O.
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