Education as Preventive Medicine: A Salutogenic Approach
A great reference book on how the teacher and the doctor can work together to foster good health from birth through the teen years. The contributions to this book are from school physicians, who point in the direction suggested by Rudolf Steiner, while modern research into salutogenesis and resilience has provided validation and corroboration for those ideas. Salutogenesis means “inquiry into the origin of health.” This thinking and approach represents a new paradigm and direction for research.
How and when something is taught affects the student’s lifelong disposition toward health or illness. The Waldorf curriculum is based on an understanding of the development and physiology of children, and healthy development of the physical body is the basis for healthy development of their soul–spiritual individuality. This suggests that it is of great importance for doctors and teachers to work together.
About the Author
Dr. Michaela Glöckler has been Leader of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach, Switzerland since 1988. She attended the Waldorf School in Stuttgart, then studied German language, literature, and history in Freiburg and Heidelberg. She studied medicine in Tübingen and Marburg and trained as a pediatrician at the community hospital in Herdecke and at the Bochum University Pediatric Clinic. Until 1988 she was a colleague in the children’s outpatient clinic at the Community Hospital in Herdecke and served as school doctor for the Rudolf Steiner School in Witten, Germany. Michaela has many publications in German, many of which have been published in English.