The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America

The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America

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by Norman Gevitz
     
 

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Overcoming suspicion, ridicule, and outright opposition from the American Medical Association, the osteopathic medical profession today serves the health needs of more than thirty million Americans. The DOs chronicles the development of this controversial medical movement from the nineteenth century to the present. Historian Norman Gevitz describes the

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Overcoming suspicion, ridicule, and outright opposition from the American Medical Association, the osteopathic medical profession today serves the health needs of more than thirty million Americans. The DOs chronicles the development of this controversial medical movement from the nineteenth century to the present. Historian Norman Gevitz describes the philosophy and practice of osteopathy, as well as its impact on medical care. From the theories underlying the use of spinal manipulation developed by osteopathy's founder, Andrew Taylor Still, Gevitz traces the movement's early success, despite attacks from the orthodox medical community, and details the internal struggles to broaden osteopathy's scope to include the full range of pharmaceuticals and surgery. He also recounts the efforts of osteopathic colleges to achieve parity with institutions granting M.D. degrees and looks at the continuing effort by osteopathic physicians and surgeons to achieve greater recognition and visibility.

In print continuously since 1982, The DOs has now been thoroughly updated and expanded to include two new chapters addressing recent and current challenges and to bring the history of the profession up to the beginning of the new millennium.

Editorial Reviews

JAMA
An outstanding second edition,... bringing his history into the present and giving the reader a remarkably insightful understanding of osteopathic medicine and the challenges it faces today... A superbly written book, well researched, thoughtful, and enjoyable to read. Gevtiz has made an important contribution to the canon of medical literature

Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Lucid, thorough, and judicious... Gevitz has produced an excellent study.

American Scientist
The best historical study of the subject to date.

Journal of the American Medical Association
Gevitz provides what may well be the definitive study.

Osteopathic Annals
A refreshing and balanced view of the osteopathic profession.

The DO
The most meticulous and careful study of the profession ever written by an outsider, and it is very useful.

Isis
Gevitz has written an invaluable brief history of osteopathic medicine... An indispensable book that will be useful to any scholar in the field.

— Charles E. Rosenberg

Policy and Law Journal of Health Politics
Entertaining, thoughtful, and interesting to read... Gevitz's history reminds us once again of the many factors that influence the division of labor in health care. For the illumination it provides on these matters, this well-written account should take its place as a major sourcebook on a small but important occupation.

Isis - Charles E. Rosenberg
Gevitz has written an invaluable brief history of osteopathic medicine... An indispensable book that will be useful to any scholar in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878343
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/09/2004
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
719,424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Norman Gevitz is professor of the history of medicine at Ohio University. He is the editor of Other Healers: Unorthodox Medicine in America, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Gevitz has put his heart and soul into this book, carefully researching this important topic and helping the reader understand why there are 2 major systems of medical care available in the U.S.. He also identifies the ongoing challanges that osteopathic medicine has for its existance as a meaningful medical profession. Anyone interested in modern heath care should read this book.
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Riles_C More than 1 year ago
Gevitz crafts a great history of osteopathic medicine. Great for any student or those who want to understand where DOs have come from and where they are going!