Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and Medical Therapy

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Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and Medical Therapy: The Second Medical Course

9 lectures, Dornach, April 11–18, 1921 (CW 313)

Through spiritual science, Rudolf Steiner was able to extend the scientific knowledge of his day—in which he was well grounded—into new realms. In these advanced lectures, given to a group of doctors and medical students, Steiner offers new insights into the processes of health and illness in the human organism, elaborating on the substances and processes which treat illness. This is difficult material, recommended for readers with some familiarity with the subject.

This volume is a translation from German of Geisteswissenschaftliche Gesichtspunkte zur Therapie (GA 313). Another translation of this book is titled Illness and Therapy: Spiritual–Scientific Aspects of Healing (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2013).

About the Author

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.4 × 8.5 in




January 2008






CW 313


Mercury Press


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