Overcoming suspicion, ridicule, and outright opposition from the American Medical Association,the osteopathic medical profession today serves the health needs of more than thirty millionAmericans. The DOs chronicles the development of this controversial medical movementfrom the nineteenth century to the present. Historian Norman Gevitz describes the philosophyand practice of osteopathy, as well as its impact on medical care. From the theories underlyingthe use of spinal manipulation developed by osteopathy's founder, Andrew Taylor Still, Gevitztraces the movement's early success, despite attacks from the orthodox medical community, anddetails the internal struggles to broaden osteopathy's scope to include the full range ofpharmaceuticals and surgery. He also recounts the efforts of osteopathic colleges to achieveparity with institutions granting M.D. degrees and looks at the continuing effort by osteopathicphysicians and surgeons to achieve greater recognition and visibility.
In print continuously since 1982, The DOs has now been thoroughly updated andexpanded to include two new chapters addressing recent and current challenges and to bring thehistory of the profession up to the beginning of the new millennium.
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