The Philosophy of Osteopathic Medicine - COM


Osteopathic medicine is a separate and distinct branch of medical practice that is based on a set of philosophic principles and stresses a comprehensive approach to the maintenance of health. The osteopathic medical education is unique in its emphasis on the neuromusculoskeletal system and its utility in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is the unobstructed interrelationship of all the body's systems by which we maintain health and disease is prevented. Founded in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. (1828-1917), osteopathic medicine makes use of the following principles that assist the osteopathic physician to look for health, and not simply treat a disease state:

Dr. Still's philosophy of health care and his world view resulted in the introduction of some revolutionary concepts for his time:

Last Updated: 6/17/15