About Osteopathic Medicine
It is no longer enough to fight disease. Today’s physicians must promote health - for all individuals, families, and communities.
Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical care founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for good health. This philosophy was developed in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who pioneered the concept of "wellness" and recognized the importance of treating illness within the context of the whole body.
Total Patient Care
The body is designed to function as a whole, with every cell and organ assigned its part and a self-regulatory system in place. So when illness occurs, it is not just the heart or the liver or the sinuses that are impacted, but the whole person.
We need to teach students to treat the whole patient. DOs consider environmental and psychological factors, in addition to physiological signs and symptoms, to determine not just a diagnosis, but a long-term course of action that can strengthen and sustain the body’s natural defenses.
Above all, we believe that doctors should do no harm. Intervention should be as non-intrusive as possible, and treatment must truly benefit the patient.
At TouroCOM, we’re committed to the advancement of osteopathic medicine through intensive research and community care. By closely studying disease, we can better understand health. And through outreach and awareness, more people can get and stay healthy, for themselves and their families.