Spiritual Science And Medicine by Rudolf Steiner


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London: Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co, 1948. First edition. Hardcover. 267pp plus 6 pages of b & w illustrations to the rear. Publishers cream boards with gilt titles to spine and beige wrapper, corners rubbed, light-wear to edges, small stains to spine and page edges, previous owner name to front-end paper, text clean and unmarked. An excellent copy. 

'Based on twenty lectures that were given at the request of a number of practicing Doctors in Medicine during 1920, Steiner evaluates modern medical knowledge and practice, deeply versed in alchemical, Paracelsian, and naturopathic approaches, as well as homeopathy, aroma therapy, and other 'alternative' therapies. He demonstrates how a truly integrated whole-person medicine is possible. One that understands the human as a being of body, soul, and spirit, a microcosm in the macrocosm, a mirror of the earth and of the heavens.

Steiner's method was to stimulate the mental and spiritual faculties of his listeners rather than merely give information. His aim was lead to medical and therapeutic intuition. From two lectures in London:

"Some three thousand years ago, during the flowering of the most ancient Greek culture, there existed schools that were very different from today. The basis of these ancient schools consisted in the belief that man must first develop new faculties in his soul before he could become capable of attaining true knowledge. During the course of the last few centuries a vast store of external knowledge in the domains of biology, physiology, and other branches of research has been learned. These are an amazing mass of observations, out of which an immeasurable amount may be obtained! But during these centuries all knowledge connected with man which could only be gained with spiritual vision, sank completely out of sight. It has therefore become nearly impossible to investigate the true nature of health and dis-ease. We must ourselves develop the organs of spiritual sight.'"