Andrew Taylor Still was a highly innovative man who invented and conceived many things in his life. He was born the son of a Methodist minister and physician, and he chose from an early age to likewise become a doctor. He was a hospital steward in the Civil War and must have seen some terrible things assisting the surgeons on the battlefields. Tragedy followed him home, as he lost his wife and four children to spinal meningitis in eighteen sixty four.
Andrew Taylor Still was the founder of Osteopathy and he fervently believed that the body could cure itself if given the right conditions and support. His experience of invasive medicine in the nineteenth century is that it most often did more harm than good. Of course, they had no idea about the dangers of unsanitary surgical procedures in those days; which killed many of the patients. Osteopathy was founded on the belief in the importance of the structural health of the musculoskeletal system and that diagnosis and treatment of that could cure and prevent a variety of diseases.
Osteopathy as a science, a philosophy and an art was one of the first modalities to promote preventative medicine. Andrew Taylor Still founded the American School of Osteopathy in nineteen eighty two in Kirksville, Missouri. Osteopathy practiced a Spartan use of drugs and medicines, believing that the body could produce the right chemicals to heal itself once it was in alignment structurally.
In addition to his great calling as the founder of Osteopathy Andrew Taylor Still was intrigued by machines and processes. He invented a new butter churn and the modern beehive box. He also designed a better mowing machine to harvest wheat and hay. He, even, engineered a smokeless furnace burner. Still was a man of ideas and a student of machines, including the greatest one of all the human being.
Honey is, of course, one of the great natural foods produced on the earth. It is also a topical healing agent if used to coat a wound. There are so many wonderful nutritional properties contained within the bee’s golden syrup. That the inventor of the modern beehive was also the father of Osteopathy should be no surprise really. Still believed in nature, the natural healing properties of the human body, and the natural goodness of honey. The bees in a hive can teach us all so much about life.