Greenberg MR. Educational Opportunities in Integrative Medicine: The A-to-Z Healing Arts Guide and Professional Resource Directory. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2009;109(10):528-530. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2009.109.10.528.
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Approximately 6% of osteopaths today use traditional [osteopathic manipulative treatment] techniques with a majority of their patients.... This means that most osteopaths are no longer truly holistic doctors.
As a prospective student, you must decide whether the high status and income likely to result from a DO degree is worth the osteopathic training that has been diluted from a holistic, preventive, hands-on approach toward one that is often indistinguishable from an MD's materialistic allopathic training.
Traditional osteopaths believe that patient healing begins once touch has been initiated. DOs may begin an exam by gently rapping on the soft tissue over the heart and lungs, for example.... From a DO's perspective, the more touch the better during every patient visit.
If you require intrusive or emergency medicine in the event of a traumatic injury, there is nothing better than our world-class intensive care units. If you require the removal of a cancer or cataract, there is nothing better than a modern operating room under the steady hand of surgeons with a decade of arduous training.
A little known circulatory system parallels the bloodstream. This is the lymphatic system, and it circulates filtered blood through lymph nodes as a major part of our immune system. If patients have reduced lymph flow, they are more susceptible to infection.
To become [an osteopathic physician] in the United States, you must graduate from a school of osteopathic medicine.... You can expect osteopathic medical school to be just as demanding as allopathic medical school.
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