Extending Practical Medicine
Fundamental Principles Based on the Science of the Spirit
Written in 1925 (CW 27)
In this classic introductory work on spiritual medicine, Rudolf Steiner worked in a unique literary collaboration with the physician Ita Wegman. Their aim was to revitalize the art of healing through spiritual knowledge—yet in so doing they did not underrate or dismiss modern allopathic medicine; rather, they illumined ordinary medicine beyond its materialistic outlook to a fuller realization of the human condition. As Ita Wegman wrote in her preface:
“The aim was not to underestimate scientific medicine in an amateurish way; it was given full recognition. But it was important to add to existing knowledge the insights that can come from true perception of the spirit, enabling us to understand the processes of illness and healing."
Today, this extension of conventional allopathic medicine is generally called “anthroposophic medicine.” It is used and valued by numerous physicians in clinics around the world.
This volume is a translation from the German of Grundlegendes für eine Erweiterung der Heilkunst nach geisteswissenschaflichen Erkenntnissen (GA 27).
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword by Dr. Michael Evans
1. Understanding the True Nature of Man as a Basis of Medical Practice
2. Why Do People Fall Ill?
3. The Phenomena of Life
4. On the Nature of the Sentient Organism
5. Plant, Animal, Man
6. Blood and Nerve
7. The Nature of Medicinal Actions
8. Activities in the Human Organism—Diabetes Mellitus
9. The Role of Protein in the Human Body and Proteinuria
10. The Role of Fat in the Human Organism and Deceptive Local Symptom Complexes
11. The Configuration of the Human Body and Gout
12. Development and Separating-off Processes of the Human Organism
13. On the Nature of Illness and Healing
14. The Therapeutic Way of Thinking
15. The Method of Treatment
16. Perceiving Medicinal Qualities
17. Perceiving the Nature of Substances as a Basis of Pharmacognosy
18. Eurythmy Therapy
19. Characteristic Illnesses
20. Typical Medicines