Medicine: Bone & Muscle

Scores of U. S. practitioners of medicine stood rigidly at attention last week in Cincinnati. This was part of a service to honor the late Dr. Andrew Taylor Still; for these practitioners were osteopaths, and it was bearded, idealistic Dr. Still, son of a medical missionary, who promulgated the principles of osteopathy in the 1870s.

Osteopathy means, etymologically, "sick bones." Its central principle is that structure determines function. It holds that a normal human body manufactures its own remedies against infections and other toxic agents, unless there are "lesions" in bones, muscles, ligaments, etc.; and that proper manipulation can cure such lesions....

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