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An Introduction to Anthroposophical Medicine

Extending the Art of Healing

July 2004
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    1st July 2004
  • ISBN 9781855841772
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.

In modern times, Western societies have become increasingly familiar and comfortable with the numerous complementary and alternative forms of medicine, often derived from Eastern sources. Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical medicine, founded in the early part of the twentieth century, renews the origin of Western medicine. But unlike many modern medical practices based on reductionist, materialistic thinking, Steiner’s holistic system encompasses a picture of the human being as an entity of body, soul, and spirit. Anthroposophical medicine brings harmony to these different aspects of the human constitution.

Victor Bott, MD, offers a comprehensive overview of this remarkable system of medicine. He presents a new approach to understanding various types of diseases, including a discussion on the stages of human development; the roles of organs such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart; specific diseases; and indications about why people become ill. He also discusses the increasing prevalence of cancer and specific phenomena such as the menstrual cycle.

This volume will illuminate medical practitioners and therapists who want to learn more about anthroposophical medicine and anyone who would like a deeper understanding of diseases and a key medical approach to dealing with them.

This book is a translation from French of La Médecine Anthroposophique : Un Élargissement de l'art de guérir (3rd ed., Triades, 2003).

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Peter Gruenewald

PART ONE: Man in the Light of Anthroposcopy

1. The Four Constituent Elements of the Human Being
2. The Human Triad
3. Health and Disease
4. Hysteria and Neurasthenia
5. Sleeping and Waking
6. Inflammation and Sclerosis

PART TWO: The Stages of Human Development

7. From Birth to the Age of Seven
8. From Seven to Fourteen Years of Age
9. From Fourteen to Twenty-one Years of Age

PART THREE: The Four Cardinal Organs

10. The Lung
11. The Liver
12. The Kidneys
13. The Heart

PART FOUR:  Some Special Problems

14. The Problem of Cancer
15. The Menstrual Cycle
16. Diseases of the Skin

Note on the Pharmaceutical Preparations
Further Reading

Victor Bott, MD

Dr. Victor Bott, MD (1918–1996), began his medical studies in Strasbourg, France, but had to interrupt them in 1939 during World War II. He resumed his studies two years later and obtained his doctorate in medicine in 1945. He  began a private practice and began to train in anthroposophic medicine. In 1960, Dr. Bott established a general practice in Colmar, France, but had to interrupt his medical career in 1969 owing to health problems. In his several books, he presents Rudolf Steiner's philosophy in the context of his own modern medical training.