Andrew Taylor Still

American physician and politician (1828-1917); founder of Osteopathic Medicine

Andrew Taylor Still (August 6, 1828 – December 12, 1917) is considered the father of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine. He was also a physician & surgeon, author, inventor and Kansas territorial and state legislator. He was one of the founders of Baker University, and was the founder of the American School of Osteopathy (now A. T. Still University), the world's first osteopathic medical school, in Kirksville, Missouri.

Still (1914)


  • Let us not be governed today by what we did yesterday, nor tomorrow by what we do today, for day by day we must show progress.
  • I do not want to go back to God with less knowledge than when I was born. I want my footprints to make an impress on the field of reason. I have no desire to be a cat and walk so lightly that it never creates a disturbance. I want my footprints to be plainly seen by all...
  • An osteopath is only a human engineer, who should understand all the laws governing his engine and thereby master disease.
    • Autobiography of A.T. Still, page 253.
  • I have always advocated that a woman had as much sense as a man, or she would not have been called to be his help-meet and companion. A question: What man wants to spend his days with a woman fool? I think she is in as much danger of spending her days with a fool as he is. I opened wide the doors of my first school for ladies. Another and a much greater reason I will offer and emphasize. Why not elevate our sister’s mentality, qualify her to fill all places of trust and honor, place her hand and head with the skilled arts. I know no reason she should not study anatomy, physiology, chemistry and all the machinery and laws of life… I will say by way of encouragement that all ladies who have graduated from this school and gone out in the world, have done well financially, and are made the guests of the best society in the land. They are well received and honored as ladies, and well paid for their skill. Places are open and ready for all that have a diploma from this school. And for the first time I will say, come on and qualify yourselves to take your places of usefulness. Do your part well, and a feast awaits you.
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