Medicine: An Introductory Reader
“Steiner frequently refers to the fact that the modern scientific approach is insufficient on its own for gaining insight into deeper aspects of the human being. This selection from his writings and lectures—some of which were for doctors and others for a more general audience—starts by emphasizing intuition as an essential inner tool for really understanding what is at work in medicine…. This book gives a taste of the aims and practice of anthroposophical medicine and of ways to pursue and implement it.” — Andrew Maendl (from the introduction)
Rudolf Steiner, a frequently undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities including education—both general and special—agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion, and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and many other organizations based on his ideas.
Steiner’s original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct spiritual research, the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.
Topics include: true human nature as a basis for medical practice; the science of knowing; the mission of reverence; the four temperaments; the bridge between universal spirituality and the physical; and much more.
C O N T E N T S:
Introduction by Andrew Maendl, MB, BS
1. Understanding Man’s True Nature as a Basis for Medical Practice
2. The Science of Knowing
3. The Mission of Reverence
4. The Four Temperaments
5. The Bridge between Universal Spirituality and the Physical
6. The Constellation of the Supersensible Bodies
7. The Invisible Human within Us: The Pathology underlying Therapy
8. Cancer and Mistletoe and Aspects of Psychiatry
9. Case History Questions: Diagnosis and Therapy
10. Anthroposophical Medicine in Practice: Three Case Histories
Note Regarding Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures
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.