Frontier Doctor, Medical Pioneer: The Life and Times of A.T. Still and His Family

Charles E. Still Jr.


Frontier Doctor, Medical Pioneer is an intimate look at the life of Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine.

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Frontier Doctor, Medical Pioneer is an intimate look at the life of Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine. Still mistrusted the drugs that were routinely used during the nineteenth century, but his use of hands-on manipulation led to severe and very public criticism. After years of repeated success in treating patients, the validity of his methods was finally acknowledged.

Charles Still Jr. describes his grandfather’s ingenuity in creating an entirely new system of medical practice and his tenacity in overcoming the multiple obstacles that his fledging osteopathic profession faced in the early years. This book skillfully guides the reader through the life of an itinerant frontier physician who become one of the greatest medical pioneers of his era.

Thomas A. Quinn, DO, Clinical Professor,
LECOM Bradenton, The Feminine Touch: Women in Osteopathic Medicine

When asked by museum patrons to suggest additional reading on the founder of osteopathic medicine, I tell them we are fortunate to have a good selection of books from those who knew Dr. A.T. Still.  But based on years of feedback, Frontier Doctor, Medical Pioneer is my choice.  All audiences enjoy the light, uncomplicated tone and feel of Frontier Doctor, told with details only a family member would know.

—Jason Haxton, MA, DO (hon.), Director, Museum of Osteopathic Medicine



Foreword to the Paperback Edition

Foreword by Irwin M. Korr



Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five.

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen




Charles E. Still Jr., grandson of Andrew, uses family stories and records to chronicle Still’s life, including his family life on the frontier and his role in the anti-slavery movement, as well as his work to establish osteopathy as a legitimate form of medicine that could be carried on by future generations. Frontier Doctor, Medical Pioneer provides a fascinating look inside the origins of modern osteopathic medicine.


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