Andrew Taylor Still: Father of Osteopathic Medicine

August 01, 2016

By Jason Haxton

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This biography describes Andrew Taylor Still, a civil war doctor whose medical understanding was ahead of his time. Still rightfully doubted the health benefits of widely accepted medical practices such as bloodletting and prescribing toxic medicine such as arsenic and mercury. 

When he returned from the war and continued his medical practice, he began studying alternative approaches to the medicine. He created a new, distinct form of medical practice through his discovery of a method to manually manipulate nerves, muscle, and bones. Still’s theory of medicine, known as osteopathic medicine, is widely practiced today.