Course for Young Doctors are eight lectures given during Christmas, 1923, and five lectures at Easter, 1924 (GA 316, GA 202)
These meditative contemplations and instructions for deepening the art of healing were given in this program for medical students and young physicians. For Rudolf Steiner, it was to be a course on the humanizing of medicine. It is completely different in content and spirit from all other lectures on medicine. Nowhere else does Rudolf Steiner give this kind and amount of meditative material to deepen a professional activity as he does in this work. Also included are “The Bridge Lectures,” three lectures from Dec. 17-19, 1920, which were recommended by Rudolf Steiner as preparation for this course.
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 (see right). 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.