He is the father of osteopathic medicine. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, rebelled against the standard 19th century medicine.
Dr. Still offered a new philosophy that brought heavy resistance, forcing his rivals to fight against it.
Eric Snider, D.O. and Associate Professor at ATSU told us Still was a brilliant man.
â??[He] profoundly changed the course of medicine in our country,â?? said Snider. Snider used to be a librarian in West Virginiaâ??s School of Osteopathic Medicine. He credits Dr. A.T. Still for changing his career path.
"Dr. Still was quite a pioneer. He created the entire profession,â?? said Snider. â??Had he not written his book, I probably never would've come across them to read them and have changed my career.â??
â??He was a forward thinker, I think of his time,â?? said Debra Loguda-Summers, the curator of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and International Center for Osteopathic History. â??When the school opened, women and minorities were invited to come.â??
That is something Loguda-Summers said was unusual during Stillâ??s era.
Dr. Still lived in Macon, Missouri and later moved to Kirksville where he founded the world's first osteopathic medical school in 1892, now called A.T. Still University.
Just recently he made the Top 10 list of candidates for the induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians where he received the second most nominations.
â??From the time that he wrote those books it has a profound impact on our own country and then now there are people all over there entire world that are learning about osteopathy and osteopathic medicine,â?? said Snider.
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