Historical Highlights

Osteopathic medicine: 125 years of history

The distinctive osteopathic philosophy of the whole-person approach and preventive care continues to grow 125 years after its founding.

From the opening of the first school of osteopathic medicine in 1892, the profession has flourished.  There are now over 102,000 U.S. DOs, representing more than 11 percent of the physician workforce. The vision of Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, who emphasized preventive care and treating the whole person, not just the disease, lives on today as one in four U.S. medical students are enrolled in a college of osteopathic medicine.

The osteopathic medical profession is just getting started. Explore the 125 years of history in the timeline below:


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