Dr. Kenneth Zaremski-Musculoskeletal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulation, Prolotherapy

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The D.O. Story

The foundations of Osteopathy:


Osteopathic Medicine and the first school of Osteopathy were founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917).  Dr. Still was a civil war era doctor, trained by reading and apprenticeship, like all other doctors of that time.  In the late 1800’s, an influenza epidemic swept through the United States and killed a significant portion of the population.  Dr. Still found the medicines of the time to be ineffective and he ultimately had to watch three of his children die from it.  Following this, he lost faith in “modern medicine” and returned to studying the human body.


Dr. Still reasoned that the body must be designed to fix and cure itself and that rather than giving it poisons and toxins – which most of the medicines of that time were- he should assist the body’s own healing mechanisms.


Dr. Still found that he could use his hands to move and change the tissues of the body and thereby affect the breathing, blood circulation, nervous system and the lymphatic circulation.  He developed an entire system of treatment, which utilized many different techniques, depending of the location of the treatment and it’s goal.  A. T. Still discovered that treating patients this way was very effective.  It was so effective that word of his success spread many states away.  This was no small feat considering that there were yet no phones or cars.


Soon, Dr. Still had many physicians and students wanting to learn his techniques.  There were so many, in fact, that he opened an entire school for his style of medicine in 1892.  It was one of the first of ANY type of formal medical education in the country.  It was also open to both “Negroes” and women!


By the turn of the 19th century, science and technology had taken huge strides forward.  This provided significant understanding of the biologic processes related to the medical field.  By 1908, the faculty decided to integrate the “traditional” medical approach and knowledge into the curriculum.  Thus began the present day Osteopathic physician.  Dr. Still wrote three books in 1989, 1902 and 1910, which are still being reprinted.  Many of today’s “new techniques’ are found merely to have been reinvented and were in fact, previously taught or practiced by Dr. A. T. Still.