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Introducing Anthroposophical Medicine
20 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Introducing 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.

Taking 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.

Steiner's 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
Anthroposophic Press
ISBN: 0 88010463 5; paperback
 

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