Surgery from an Osteopathic Standpoint by Frank Philip Young

As the title says, this is a volume specifically focused on surgery as understood by osteopathic science.

Publisher: Quincy, Illinois (USA): Volk, Jones & McMein Company

Year of publication: 1904

Number of pages: 478






Young, a lecturer at the ASO and a surgeon in the clinical facilities linked to the Kirksville school, declares in the preface that his intention was to present the essential facts of practical surgery modified in the light of the osteopathic theories of Dr A.T. Still.

Written with a vision of brevity and clarity in cooperation with Charles E. Still, son of the founder of ASO and involved in its administrative management, and with the advice of Dr George M. Laughlin.

The work contains 156 illustrations that, apart from the X-Rays, were crafted by two students of the ASO.

The volume is divided into three parts, the first one on general pathology and surgical diseases, the second on pathologies and lesions of particular tissues and the third on pathologies and lesions affecting specific regions. Each part is divided into chapters. For each pathology there are different paragraphs providing the pathology description, symptoms and treatment, both osteopathic and surgical.

Overall the book presents, explains and defines many subjects in an orderly manner, like, for example, inflammation, antiseptics, gangrene, septicemia and many more. The book also describes the bacteria at risk of proliferation during surgery, explaining their distribution in nature, how they reproduce and their effects on the human body. Where applicable, it describes the osteopathic treatments best suited to the specific situation.

The analytical index at the end of the volume facilitates its consultation.


  • The language is clear, the concepts are presented in a logical and concise manner;
  • A detailed index at the beginning of the book for easy reference; 
  • There are many explanatory drawings.

  • Part I – General Surgical Pathology and Surgical Diseases
    • Inflammation
    • Surgical bacteria
    • Antiseptics
    • Asepsis
    • Suppuration, abscess, ulcer, fistula and sinus
    • Gangrene
    • Septic and infective diseases
    • Wound fever
    • Sapremia
    • Septicemia
    • Pyemia
    • Diphtheria
    • Erysipelas
    • Tetanus
    • Hydrophobia
    • Actinomycosis
    • Malignant pustule
    • Tuberculosis
    • Glanders
    • Syphilis
    • Gonorrhea
    • Rachitis
    • Scurvy
    • Tumors
    • Cysts
    • Bandaging
    • Anesthesia
    • Process of repair
    • Wounds
    • Shock
    • Burns and scalds
  • Part II – Pathologies and lesions of special tissues
    • Heart and pericardium
    • Arteries
    • Aneurysm
    • Ligation of arteries
    • Veins
    • Embolism
    • Thrombosis
    • Lymphatics 
    • Skin
    • Nerves
    • Bones and joints
    • Fractures
    • Diseases of joints
    • Dislocations
    • Pathologies and injuries of the spine
    • Pathologies and injuries of the head
    • Pathologies and injuries of muscles, tendons, fascia and bursae
    • Club-foot
  • Part III – diseases and injuries of regions
    • Face, lips, tongue, mouth and throat
    • Chest
    • Digestive tract, abdomen and pelvis
    • Rectus and anus
    • Urinary organs
    • Male genitalia
    • Female genitalia
    • Mammary gland

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