THE FEMININE TOUCH
History of Women in Osteopathic Medicine
by Thomas A. Quinn, DO FAOCOPM
“In 1892, Andrew Taylor Still did the unimaginable when he accepted women and men equally in his newly opened American School of Osteopathy.”
With this book, Dr. Thomas A. Quinn, a professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton, Florida, takes us back in time thanks to the extensive research on female osteopathic physicians carried out at the Still National Osteopathic Museum in Kirksville.
Beginning with the American School of Osteopathy’s first female graduates and up to the present day, the author brings to life the beginnings of osteopathic medicine, during which women have always occupied a predominant place. Dr. Quinn skilfully intertwines their fascinating stories with the period of recognition of osteopathy, full of intrigue and particular anecdotes, and highlights how some valiant women’s tenacity proved decisive for the development of osteopathic medicine into the flourishing profession it is today.
“There is no science more beautiful than Osteopathy, none better adapted to a woman whose delicate sense of touch makes her qualified for its study and practice.”
Blanche Still Laughlin, DO
The book reveals a previously unknown Dr. Still, a feminist, believing that women had a unique quality, a delicacy of touch that he called ‘the feminine touch’ and which made women healers by nature. A man who dared to challenge his generation with his osteopathic philosophy. An innovator who brought to the medical field a modern way of thinking and a profession open to all without distinction of race or gender.
Publisher: Solista Osteopathy Press
Translation: Paola Borgonovo
Editing: Ester Bucchi de Giuli, Thomas Soldarini, Silvia Clara Tuscano
Graphic design: Alessandro Feltre
Dimensions: 23×15 cm
Number of pages: 300