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Education as Preventive Medicine

A Salutogenic Approach

August 2018
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner College
  • Published
    3rd August 2018
  • ISBN 9780945803638
  • Pages 371 pp.

This is a great reference book on how teachers and doctors can work together to foster good health from birth through the teen years. The contributions to this book come from school physicians. They point in the direction suggested by Rudolf Steiner, while modern research into salutogenesis and resilience has provided validation and corroboration for those ideas. Salutogenesis refers to “inquiry into the origin of health.” This thinking and approach represent a new paradigm and a fresh direction for research.

How and when something is taught affects a student's lifelong disposition toward health or illness. The Waldorf curriculum is based on understanding the development and physiology of children, as well as the healthy development of a child’s physical body. This forms the basis for healthy development of a young person’s soul and spiritual individuality, suggesting the great importance of doctors, teachers, and parents working together.

Michaela Glöckler, MD

Dr. Michaela Glöckler has been Leader of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach, Switzerland since 1988. She attended the Waldorf School in Stuttgart, then studied German language, literature, and history in Freiburg and Heidelberg. She studied medicine in Tübingen and Marburg and trained as a pediatrician at the community hospital in Herdecke and at the Bochum University Pediatric Clinic. Until 1988 she was a colleague in the children’s outpatient clinic at the Community Hospital in Herdecke and served as school doctor for the Rudolf Steiner School in Witten, Germany. Michaela has many publications in German, many of which have been published in English.