STILL RELEVANT?  |   January 2018
Discovering Osteopathic Antiquity in Historical Osteopathic Pamphlets
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  • From the D'Angelo Library at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Missouri. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Lori Fitterling, MLS, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 1750 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 64106-1453. Email: lfitterling@kcumb.edu
     
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Preventive Medicine / Being a DO
STILL RELEVANT?   |   January 2018
Discovering Osteopathic Antiquity in Historical Osteopathic Pamphlets
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, 5. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.001
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, 5. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.001
In the early 20th century, information about the osteopathic profession was circulated by way of pamphlets, leaflets, and brochures (Figure). These publications exhibited striking illustrations and explanations of the benefits of osteopathic medicine. To preserve these iconic sources of osteopathic history, the D'Angelo Library at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences has begun a digitization project that includes 23 osteopathic pamphlets, originally published from 1910 to 1928.1 
These eye-catching pamphlets were produced by 3 publishers: Williams Publishing Co, Bunting Publishing Co, and the American Osteopathic Association. The pamphlets were marketed as literature that would explain the benefits of maintaining good health and inform people about osteopathy. The Bunting Publishing Co had a unique pamphlet distribution method. They solicited patient mailing lists from osteopathic physicians and offered patients a 1-year subscription to the pamphlet. Physicians paid a fee to have their professional cards inserted into the pamphlets sent out to the recipients on the list they provided.2 
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