Osteopathy; the New Science by William Livingston Harlan

The volume collects and comments a series of relevant articles on the new science of osteopathy, highlighting legal, historical and theoretical aspects.

Publisher: Press of Donohue & Henneberry, Chicago

Year of publication: 1898

Num er of pages: 266

 

 

 

 

 

The author asserts in the first pages to be the first one to write a book on osteopathy (but by that time Barber’s volume (Osteopathy the New Science of Healing) and the first edition of A. T. Still’s autobiography had already been published, in 1896 and 1897 respectively).

The book is a commented collection of different articles. For example, it contains the narration of the recognition of osteopathy in the state of Colorado (reporting in full the objections submitted by the medical class) and the reprint of a letter by his colleague AL Conger,1 and a letter by Helen de Lendrecie,2 both previously appeared on the Journal of Osteopathy.

Pages 228-242 contain thank-you letters of satisfied clients, and at page 259 we find the diploma awarded to Dr Harlan  by the ASO.

Strengths: an interesting collection, from which we can understand the nature of the arguments to which the representatives of the “new science” of osteopathy would resort when they had to explain its theoretical basis to the legislators, the medical class and the public.

Weaknesses: the consultation of this book is complicated because of the lack of both an index at the beginning of the volume and an analytical index. Sometimes it is not immediately clear if the author is offering an original contribution or if he is reporting the words of others.

  1. Conger, AL. “The Growth of Osteopathy”, Journal of Osteopathy, June 1897, v.4, n.2:54-58.
  2.  De Lendrecie, H. “A Brilliant Legislative Victory”, Journal of Osteopathy, June 1897, v.4, n.2:81-83.

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