Anthroposophical Spiritual Science
Second Medical Course
Nine lectures to Physicians and Medical Students
By Rudolf Steiner
Copyright © 1991
Through spiritual science, Rudolf Steiner was able to extend the
scientific knowledge of his day — in which he was well grounded
— into new realms. In these advanced lectures, Dr. Steiner gives
new insights into the processes of health and illness in the human
organism, elaborating on the substances and processes which treat
These lectures are a translation from the German edition
Geisteswissenschaftliche Gesichtspunkte zur Therapie,
(GA Nr. 313), published by the Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung,
3rd edition, Dornach, Switzerland, 1963. They are published as
transcripts unrevised by the lecturer.
This English edition was available in typescript, translator
unknown, and was revised and edited according to the latest
German edition by Gerald F. Karnow, M.D.
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Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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members of man's being
and the effects of substances on the physical body in illness and
health. Substances as the result of processes. Interaction of
processes inside and outside of man. The four members of being in the
head organism, in the rhythmic organism and in the limb-man.
Siliceous earth effects. Silica formation and limestone formation
processes and their overcoming in the evolution of the human
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of the ego in the head
(warmth differentiation) and in the metabolic-limb system (statics).
The four ethers, their relationship to the human organism and among
each other. The nature of illness. Health and illness-provoking
processes. The physical process in the head and its significance for
the organism. The death process during the whole of life and
ego-consciousness. Ego and physical process. Nature of death. Astral
body and its relationship to illness, the etheric body to health, the
physical body to nutrition, ego and death. Higher members of being
and illness. Phosphorus and sulfur, arsenic, antimony. Relationship
of chemical bodies to the organic processes of man.
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body and chest organism.
Physical body and etheric body. Plant process. Rhythmic balancing
process between health-bringing and illness-bringing processes.
Breathing. Carbon and oxygen. Falling asleep and waking up.
Significance of soul life for rhythmical processes. Events in the
chest organism, as results of processes in the upper and lower man
and in the outer world. Nature of higher altitude and light cures.
About nutrition. Electricity and magnetism in therapy.
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asleep and awakening. Raw
food. Stages in human development. Ego and food uptake. The
development of ego-activity in polarity in childhood. Treatment of
digestive disturbances brought about by developmental
disturbances; difference between girls and boys. The ego in
metabolism, relation to tasting process. Treatment of irregularities
of ego-development. The ego in the warmth-conditions. Its
bipolar manifestation. Ego activity in food uptake, in
metabolism, in child development. Ego and
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process of “arsenizing.”
Nature of diphtheria, infection, therapy. Ego-process and
phosphor-processes. Activity of ego in dynamic processes. Pathology
of ego-effects and manifestations in epithelial breakdown. Phosphorus
poisoning. Excessively strong ego-effect.
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method of gaining
insight. Nature of protein, relationship of nourishing and
breathing. Etheric body manifesting in the fluid, astral body in
breathing, ego in warmth. Nutritional protein and organic protein.
Uterus and heart. Relationship of heart activity to fat and
carbohydrate metabolism. Pulmonary tuberculosis. Mercury
process. Views on preparing remedies.
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knowledge of the world as basis of therapeutic judgment. Plant and
human organism: therapeutic aspects of root forces, gentian, clove,
iris. Leaf: Marjoram. Blossom: Elder. Fruit: Caraway. Metamorphosis
of sense processes in metabolism and the resulting therapeutic
views. Metal therapy. Polarity of silver and lead.
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therapy. Concept of
poison. Homeopathic principles. Salt process. Metal process.
Radiating effects of metals. Lead, magnesium, tin, iron,
copper, gold, mercury, silver. Questions and answers: Asthma therapy.
Parenteral protein therapy. Colds. Connection of muscles and
bones. Sense of taste. Substance and process in the organism. Graves'
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connection of eurythmy as a therapeutic element
with the human being structured out of the cosmos: Curative