The Varying Practices of Allopathic Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine

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There are to branches of medicine currently practiced in the United States Osteopathic Medicine and Allopathic Medicine. Throughout this paper I am going to discuss the history, practices and beliefs of Osteopathic Medicine as well as describe the differences between Allopathic Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine. Osteopathic Medicine has a deep rooted belief in its core values and puts a very strong emphasis on non-invasive, hands on holistic medical practices. Osteopathic medicine puts all its focus on its belief that the manipulation of bones, joints and muscles can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of ailments. Osteopathic medical principles believe that the body is capable of healing, maintaining and regulating itself without the use of pharmaceutical drugs or invasive procedures that are seen as doing more harm than good. During the early 19th century there was the beginning of a new movement to revolutionize medicine. In 1892 a physician by the name of Andrew Still, MD as a protest against the conventional medical system founded the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, MO. Still believed strongly that the current medical system of the time was full of corruption, not efficient and was in the habit of treating the disease and illness and did not worry about the underlying issues that caused the affliction to begin with. Still founded Osteopathy during a time in which he believed that conventional medicine was doing more harm than it was good.

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