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  • Works by and about A.T. Still



      William Garner Sutherland
      Journeyman: William Garner Sutherland, The Formative Years (1873-1900) chronicles the early life and times of William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954), the osteopathic physician who originated and developed the osteopathic cranial concept. Journeyman tells Dr. Sutherland’s backstory, his parents’ backgrounds, his upbringing in Wisconsin and his graduation from the American School of Osteopathy (ASO) in Kirksville, Missouri. Sutherland left no known autobiography, diaries, or personal notations. Therefore, Journeyman has used information about the people, places, and events from his environment to create this biography. Through vivid descriptions, old photographs, and maps, the reader is positioned alongside Sutherland and his family members, employers, mentors, and instructors at the ASO (including A.T. Still, the founder of osteopathy). Because of his family’s poor financial situation, Will was obliged to enter the working world at the approximate age of twelve. He joined “the force” of a newspaper in Blunt, Dakota Territory, as an apprentice. He worked on several midwestern newspapers over the next dozen years, holding the positions of compositor, printer, foreman, journeyman, and reporter. During that time, he developed a highly refined set of manual skills and the mechanical aptitude, power of concentration, and receptivity that would position him to realize the potential for inherent motion within human skull bones that he later saw displayed in a cabinet at the ASO. That realization formed the basis of his osteopathic cranial concept, which has exerted a profound influence not only on the practice of osteopathy, but also on other forms of manual therapy. William Garner Sutherland’s thought and realization will be further developed in the companion volume to Journeyman, which is currently being written.

      Andrew Taylor Still, Father of Osteopathic Medicine

      by Jason Haxton, M.A. (2016)
      48 pp.
      A new opportunity for young readers, Notable Missourians book series is about people who contributed to Missouri’s history or culture and who were born or lived in Missouri. This full-color 48-pagebook is vividly illustrated with artistic drawings and historical pictures to bring the book to life. You can see more volumes in the series at Truman State University Press . As a young doctor in the mid-1800s, Andrew Taylor Still cared for sick and injured people on the frontier and on the battlefields of the Civil War. He thought that common medical practices did more harm than good. After intense study, he developed a new medical treatment model, osteopathic medicine.

      Early Osteopathy in the Words of A. T. Still

      edited by R.V. Schnucker (1991)
      382 pp.
      A.T. Still's writings were originally published in the Journal of Osteopathy as early as 1894. In the Journal, Still presented "talks" to his students, gave advice to the osteopathic profession, and published his own research. Many of the first copies of the Journal are aged and not available for general public use. In an effort to help spread the ideas of Dr. Still, this handsome coffee table book was compiled and published in 1992, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first osteopathic school in Kirksville, Missouri. The book contains many photographs taken during Still's lifetime.

    Osteopathy and Osteopathic History

      Philosophy of Osteopathy

      Edited by Andrew Taylor Still, D.O. (7th reprint 1995)
      Still gives information about the diseases that affect the human body.

      The First School of Osteopathic Medicine

      by Georgia Warner Walter (1992)
      Documents the founding and growth of the American School of Osteopathy as it becomes the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine over the course of a century. Well indexed and an excellent reference.

      Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy

      Edited by Andrew Taylor Still, D.O. (reprinted in 1986)
      Still discusses the many diseases that effect different parts of the human body, their causes, and how they can be treated.

      Women and Osteopathic Medicine: Historical Perspectives

      by Georgia Warner Walter (1994)
      Overview of the contributions of women to osteopathic history, from Martha Poague Moore Still, A. T. Still's mother, through Dr. Jewel Malick, who served in the Persian Gulf War.

      Osteopathic Medicine: Past and Present

      by Georgia Warner Walter (1993)
      A brief but informative look at the history of osteopathic medicine.
    A.T. Still Museum collage

    The collections of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine include more than 100,000 objects, photographs, documents, and books dating from the early 1800s to the present (focused mainly on 1870–1940). The core of the collection consists of artifacts from A. T. Still's professional and private life, most of them donated by Dr. Still's daughter, Blanche Laughlin, and members of her family.

    Since the founding of the Museum in 1934, other family members, DOs, and Museum supporters have donated many additional artifacts that reflect the ongoing history of the osteopathic profession. The research collections of the International Center for Osteopathic History (ICOH) also include many former holdings of the A.T. Still Memorial Library, for which the Museum assumed responsibility in 1997.