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The DOS: Osteopathic Medicine in America

Norman Gevitz

A comprehensive portrait of the osteopathic medical profession.

Overcoming suspicion, ridicule, and outright opposition from the American Medical Association, the osteopathic medical profession today serves the health needs of more than thirty million Americans. Osteopathic medicine is now the fastest-growing segment of the US physician and surgeon population. In The DOs, historian Norman Gevitz chronicles the development of this controversial medical movement from its nineteenth-century origins in the American Midwest to the present day. He describes the philosophy and practice of osteopathy, as well as the impact of osteopathic medicine on health care.

In print continuously since 1982, The DOs has now been thoroughly updated and expanded. From the theories underlying the use of spinal manipulation developed by osteopathy's founder, Andrew Taylor Still, Gevitz traces the movement's early success, despite attacks from the orthodox medical community. He also recounts the efforts of osteopathic medical colleges to achieve parity with institutions granting MD degrees and looks at the continuing effort by osteopathic physicians and surgeons to achieve greater recognition and visibility.

Bringing additional light to the philosophical origins and practices of the osteopathic movement, as well as the historic debates about which degree to offer its graduates, this volume

- chronicles the challenges the profession has faced in the early decades of the twenty-first century
- addresses recent challenges to the osteopathic medical profession
- explores efforts at preserving osteopathy's autonomy and distinctiveness
- offers a new perspective on the future of osteopathic medicine

Based on an extensive examination and evaluation of primary sources, as well as countless interviews with individuals both inside and outside osteopathic medicine, The DOs is the definitive history of the osteopathic medical profession.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: Apr 2nd, 2019
  • Pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Edition: - 0003
  • Dimensions: 9.10in - 6.10in - 0.90in - 1.15lb
  • EAN: 9781421429601
  • Categories: OsteopathyHistoryGeneral

About the Author

Gevitz, Norman: - Norman Gevitz is a professor of the history and sociology of medicine and the senior vice president--academic affairs at the A. T. Still University of Health Sciences. He is the editor of Other Healers: Unorthodox Medicine in America.
Praise for this book
An outstanding second edition, . . . bringing his history into the present and giving the reader a remarkably insightful understanding of osteopathic medicine and the challenges it faces today. A superbly written book, well researched, thoughtful, and enjoyable to read. Gevitz has made an important contribution to the canon of medical literature.
--Journal of the American Medical Association
Lucid, thorough, and judicious. Gevitz has produced an excellent study.
--Bulletin of the History of Medicine
The best historical study of the subject to date.
--American Scientist
Gevitz provides what may well be the definitive study.
--Journal of the American Medical Association
A refreshing and balanced view of the osteopathic profession.
--Osteopathic Annals
The most meticulous and careful study of the profession ever written by an outsider, and it is very useful.
--The DO
Entertaining, thoughtful, and interesting to read. Gevitz's history reminds us once again of the many factors that influence the division of labor in health care. For the illumination it provides on these matters, this well-written account should take its place as a major sourcebook on a small but important occupation.
--Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Gevitz has written an invaluable brief history of osteopathic medicine . . . An indispensable book that will be useful to any scholar in the field.
--Charles E. Rosenberg, Isis