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American Medical Association's Encylopedia Of Medicine's Definition of Osteopathic Medicine

3A system of diagnosis and treatment that recognizes the role of the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, and spinal column) in the healthy functioning of the human body.


3The Doctor of Osteopathy is a fully licensed physician with the additional training in Osteopathic palpatory diagnosis and manipulative therapy.  The Doctor of Osteopathy prescribes drugs and is qualified to practice in all branches of medicine and surgery.


3Osteopathic Physicians emphasize that all body systems operate in unison, and that disturbance in one system can alter the function of the other systems in the body.


3The Osteopathic Physician uses manipulative techniques, as well as traditional diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to diagnose and treat dysfunction in the body.2


Quoted from the American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine