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Book Review  |   July 2014
Osteopathic Tales
Author Affiliations
  • Gilbert E. D'Alonzo, Jr, DO
    Editor in Chief Emeritus, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association; Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Book Review   |   July 2014
Osteopathic Tales
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2014, Vol. 114, 594. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2014, Vol. 114, 594. doi:
“Even though I had some inkling that it existed, I was met by a world of hostility and rejection as an osteopathic physician.” So writes Arnold Melnick, DO, in the preface of his 11th book, Osteopathic Tales: Stories Tracing One DO's Travel Along the Path of the Osteopathic Profession From Rejection and Discrimination to Recognition and Acceptance. 
With Osteopathic Tales, Dr Melnick traces a series of his personal experiences as a member of the osteopathic medical profession from 1942 to 2013, when this book was published. His stories, or tales, as he calls them, allow the reader to experience the evolution of osteopathic medicine over a 70-year period. It is a very quick and fun read, with every tale connected to create an easy-to-understand story of how osteopathic medicine grew and became an accepted, successful, powerful, and complete medical care system in the United States today. I personally found each tale to be enjoyable and enlightening. 
It is obvious that Dr Melnick played an important—if not essential—role in this process as an osteopathic pediatrician, educator, and even founding dean of what is now the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I particularly enjoyed that much of the book occurs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Dr Melnick received his DO degree and where I currently live and practice medicine. 
Dr Melnick has had an illustrious career in osteopathic medicine. He is a distinguished educator and author of numerous books and articles that have great practicality and value. I have been a fan of his writing for many years, and I have read nearly every book with enjoyment. Osteopathic Tales is no exception.