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Osteopathic medicine is a unique form of American medical care that was developed in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. Dissatisfied with the effectiveness of 19th-century medicine, Dr. Still believed that many of the medications of his day were ineffective or even harmful. In response, he was one of the first in his time to study the attributes of good health in order to achieve a better understanding of the process of disease.
Dr. Still founded a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. The philosophy focuses on the unity of all body parts and identifies the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. Dr. Still recognized the body's ability to heal itself and stressed preventive medicine, eating properly, and keeping fit.

Dr. Still pioneered this concept of wellness over 100 years ago. In today's terms, personal health risks, such as smoking, high blood pressure, excessive cholesterol levels, and stress, are evaluated for each individual. In coordination with appropriate medical treatment, the osteopathic physician acts as a teacher to help patients take more responsibility for their own well-being and change unhealthy patterns.