20 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Anthroposophical Medicine is a series of twenty lectures, given to
doctors and medical students, in which Rudolf Steiner presents a new
approach to the art of healing, based on his own spiritual
examinations of the human being in health and illness.
account of modern medical knowledge and practice, and deeply
versed in alchemical, Paracelsian, and naturopathic
approaches, as well as in homoeopathy, aromatherapy, and other
"alternative" therapies, Steiner demonstrates on the
basis of his own researches how a truly integrated "whole
person" medicine is possible - one that understands the
human as a being of body, soul, and spirit, a microcosm in the
macrocosm, a mirror of the earth and of the heavens.
familiarity with his subject (and his enthusiasm for it) are everywhere in
evidence here. The wealth of insights and the range of topics
covered are staggering - from the meaning of sickness,
polarities in the human organism, and the relation of therapy
and pathology to the nature of plant, mineral, and animal in
relation to the human being. Specific organs (heart, lungs,
bladder, kidney, liver, nervous system, etc.) and specific
diseases (cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, meningitis, etc.)
are brought into extraordinary new relations and connections.
The whole question of diagnosis, health, and treatment is
repeatedly viewed from different perspectives.
The result is
an astounding new vision of medicine: one that is practical,
spiritual, psychological, and fully human. Many of the
lectures arose directly in response to the questions of
practicing physicians. This work is required reading for
anyone interested in the possibility of a holistic,
spiritual-scientifically based approach to medicine.
Previous translation titled Spiritual Science and Medicine.
Trans: C. Creeger (20
lectures, Dornach, 21 Mar to 9 Apr 1920, GA312);320pp
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