Andrew Taylor Still
Inducted - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sculptor: Brandon Drew Crandall
Where is Andrew Taylor Still in the Hall of Famous Missourians?
Andrew Taylor Still, DO, the founder of osteopathic medicine, was born on August 6, 1828, in a log cabin in Lee County, Va. Throughout his Midwestern frontier life, he observed how nature works in harmony and established a form of medicine that focuses on the whole person -- body, mind, and spirit. His comprehensive approach is known as osteopathic medicine and is practiced worldwide. Dr. Still also established the first school of osteopathic medicine in 1892 in Kirksville, Mo., which is known today as A.T. Still University.
Dr. Still’s ideas advocate a healthy lifestyle of exercise, diet, and positive thinking coupled with keeping the anatomy unobstructed for nutrition to flow in and waste to be removed was the best prevention for disease. Although he was ridiculed and his ideas deemed strange, they represent standard healthcare practices today. Dr. Still kept true to his vision and achieved recognition and respect before he died on December 12, 1917, at the age of 89.
"To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease." -- Dr. A.T. Still