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Norman Gevitz, Ph.D. is a medical historian. He has written numerous books and papers on the history of medicine in the United States and England. He is perhaps best known for his book, The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America, where he discusses the history of the profession of osteopathic medicine in the United States. Elizabeth and Norman talk about the growth in the DO profession, which shows the progress in the social movement in medicine as a relatively small profession that has been able to survive and grow. Learn the unique philosophy of osteopathic medicine in its approach to patients, treatment, and kind of care it provides


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[:51] Dr. Norman Gevitz career briefing.

[1:23] How Dr. Norman and Osteopathic medicine histories intertwine.

[4:12] Difference between a DO and an MD.

[8:15] Research questions about Osteopathic medicine.

[9:15] Remarkable growth in DO students.

[10:35] The osteopathic philosophy.

[11:48] In osteopathic medicine, we treat persons, not diseases.

[12:41] Manipulation in osteopathy..

[13:12] Origins of osteopathic medicine.

[15:41] Difference between chiropractors and DOs.

[18:15] A challenge of osteopathic medicine is to promote its distinctiveness.

[19:30] The opioid epidemic reveals a medicine-addicted country.

[20:25] Osteopathic medicine and its success in the relief of pain without narcotics.

[22:03] The healing power of touch.

[24:20] Are doctors practicing medicine or practicing healing?

[25:21] Placebo in scientific medicine.

[26:13] History of medicine tells us about the future of medicine.

[27:20] Americans pay more money on alternative care services.

[29:09] Dr. Norman’s prediction for the future of medicine.

[31:50] Rapid fire questions.


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Elizabeth Metraux on Twitter

The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America, Dr. Norman Gevitz

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