Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Andrew Taylor Still
Inducted in 1993
At the age of 63, Still founded the world's first school of osteopathic medicine. Today, the Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathic Medicine is just one of the schools at the A.T. Still University in Kirksville and Mesa, Ariz. Still was an outspoken critic in the 19th century against the misuse of drugs, such as morphine, because of its addictive qualities. Still's lifework was to develop a new system of medical thinking that focused on preventing disease and promoted good health rather than only treating illnesses. Still created the neologism “osteopathy” by combining the Greek word “osteon,” meaning “bone,” and “pathos,” which means “to suffer.” He believed in body unity and treating the whole person, chiefly through the manipulation of bones and nerves. An outspoken abolitionist during the time of slavery, Still was reportedly frequently stopped by groups threatening his life if he didn't change his politics. However, Still was spared because of his willingness to treat the men's wives and neighbors.