Osteopathic Information

Osteopathic medicine is a branch of the medical profession in the United States, with recognition outside the US in forty-seven countries, including most Canadian provinces.

Frontier physician Andrew Taylor Still founded the profession as a radical rejection of the prevailing system of medical thought of the 19th century. Still's techniques relied heavily on the manipulation of joints and bones to diagnose and treat illness, and he called his practices "osteopathy." By the middle of the 20th century, the profession had moved closer to mainstream medicine, adopting modern public health and biomedical principles. American "osteopaths" became "osteopathic physicians", gradually achieving full practice rights in all 50 states, including serving in the US armed forces as physicians.

In the 21st century, the training of osteopathic physicians in the United States is very similar to that of their MD counterparts. Osteopathic physicians attend 4 years of medical school followed by at least 3 years of residency. They use all conventional methods of diagnosis and treatment. Though still trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine , the modern derivative of Still's techniques, a minority of osteopathic physicians use it in actual practice.

Wikipedia, Osteopathic, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteopathic (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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