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  • ‘Father of Osteopathic Medicine’ Inducted into Missouri Hall of Fame

    AT Still Hall of Fame KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 16, 2014) – The founder of osteopathic medicine, Andrew Taylor Still, D.O., was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Wednesday, April 16, in the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

    During a ceremony in the House Chamber, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones and sculptor Brandon Crandall unveiled the bronze bust of the late Dr. Still that will reside among sculptures of other famous Missourians located between the House and Senate Chambers.

    Addressing more than 300 people, including medical students from Missouri’s two osteopathic medical colleges, Jones emphasized Dr. Still’s impact on medicine for the past century.

    “What was a radical idea at the very beginning and a new way of looking at the healing process when he first brought it forth, today is a tried-and-true path to better health for millions of people in all 50 states and in more than 60 countries around the globe,” Jones said.

    Dr. Still founded osteopathic medicine in 1874. Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical care founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for good health.

    Dr. Still pioneered the concept of "wellness" and recognized the importance of treating illness within the context of the whole body.

    Osteopathic physicians use all of the tools available through modern medicine including prescription medicine and surgery. They also incorporate osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) into their regimen of patient care when appropriate. OMM is a set of manual medicine techniques that may be used to diagnose illness and injury, relieve pain, restore range of motion, and enhance the body's capacity to heal.

    In 1892, Dr. Still opened the nation’s first osteopathic medical school, the American School of Osteopathy located in Kirksville, Mo., now known as A.T. Still University. In 1916, four members of Dr. Still’s original graduating class founded KCUMB in Kansas City, Mo. It is now the largest medical school in Missouri, the 12th-largest medical school in the United States, and the second-greatest provider of physicians in Missouri.

    Today, in the U.S., there are more than 80,000 osteopathic physicians and 30 osteopathic medical colleges and universities.

    Marc B. Hahn, D.O., president and chief executive officer of KCUMB, attended the ceremony along with a contingency of students, faculty and staff.

    “Now, more than ever, Dr. Still’s philosophy of primary care, prevention and the holistic approach to medicine is what this country is seeking,” Dr. Hahn said. “It is the basis for developing care that is not only focused on the treatment of disease, but also upon prevention.”

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state. It is the second-largest provider of physicians within the states of Missouri and Kansas, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty in Missouri and 69 percent in Kansas.

    Posted: 04/18/2014

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