"Rudolf Steiner's model of a spiritualized medicine could hold the
key for the next growth phase in Western medicine, if it is to
survive, flourish, and become consistently and deeply therapeutic
instead of merely palliative." -Richard Leviton, author of
Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary
SpiritualityRudolf Steiner, a scientist by training, lectured and
wrote, at different times on medical subjects and advised
physicians on their work. His view of medicine was both
unconventional and precise. He could describe-based on his highly
developed powers of observation and his spiritual
research-processes of health and disease that escape conventional
methods of medical observation. In all his lectures to doctors and
in his explanations of anthroposophic medicine, Steiner emphasized
that his medical concepts are not intended to replace conventional
Western medicine, but to extend it; diagnosis and healing methods
are expanded to include our soul and spirit. In these broadly
ranging talks, Steiner introduces fundamental principles of
anthroposophically extended medicine. Some of the most remarkable
insights that anthroposophy brings to medicine are contained in
this volume. For example, Steiner points out that the heart is not
a pump and that its motion is a consequence, not the cause, of
rhythmic movements in human beings. Topics include: Health
problems, such as hay fever, migraine, sclerosis, cancer,
tuberculosis, typhoid, and childhood diseasesThe polarity between
nerve and liver cellsThe functions of the spleen and the
gallbladderThe three basic processes of sensory-nervous system,
rhythmic system, and metabolic-limb systemRegenerative and
degenerative processesThe true nature of the nervous systemPlus
many suggestions for the use of minerals, plants, and artistic
therapies in healing.This Collected Works edition contains a new
introduction, a chronology of Rudolf Steiner's life, and an index.
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