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Anthroposophical Medicine - Rudolf Steiner - An Introductory Reader

Anthroposophical Medicine:
Medicine - An Introductory Reader

Selected lectures by Rudolf Steiner
With an introduction, commentary and notes by Andrew Maendl, MD

Medicine - An Introductory Reader presents some of Steiner's lectures and writings on anthroposophical medicine with a few explanatory comments by Dr. Andrew Maendl. The essence of Steiner's approach is holistic, i.e. not confined to sense-perceptible physical phenomena, but encompassing the whole person of body, life-forces, soul and spirit, or to use the terms Steiner used in his anthroposophy (wisdom of man), physical, etheric, astral and ego.

Steiner frequently refers to the fact that the modern scientific approach is insufficient on its own for gaining insight into the deeper aspects of the human being. This selection from his writings and lectures – some of which were for doctors and others for a more general audience – starts by emphasizing intuition as an essential inner tool for really understanding what is at work states of illness and their treatment. There follow chapters which describe the complexity of human supersensible 'bodies' above and beyond the physical. A holistic view is also presented of the opposite poles of cancer and inflammation, as well as case histories illumined through anthroposophical insight. This book gives a taste of the aims and practice of anthroposophical medicine, and of ways to pursue and implement it.

Contents:

Introduction by Andrew Maendl, M.B., B.S. London

  1. Understanding Man's True Nature as a Basis for Medical Practice
  2. The Science of Knowing
  3. The Mission of Reverence
  4. The Four Temperaments
  5. The Bridge between Universal Spirituality and the Physical
  6. The Constellation of the Supersensible Bodies
  7. The Invisible Human Within Us: The Pathology Underlying Therapy
  8. Cancer and Mistletoe, and Aspects of Psychiatry
  9. Case History Questions: Diagnosis and Therapy
  10. Three Case Histories


Sophia Books
Trans. revised - M. Barton
240pp; paperback; 17 x 12 cm
ISBN: 1 85584 133 9


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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.


 

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