Fundamentals of Anthroposophical Medicine
On-line since: 31st December, 1999
Four Lectures Given to Doctors
Stuttgart, October 26, 27, 28, 1922
Copyright © 1986
Previously available under the title Anthroposophical Approach to Medicine,
the translation of these four lectures, given to doctors, have been
thoroughly revised by Alice Wulsin. Included in this edition are some
portions omitted in the earlier, English translation.
This is a first edition of
Fundamentals of Anthroposophical Medicine,
a translation of four lectures given by
Rudolf Steiner and published in German under the title
Anthroposophische Grundlagen fuer die Arzneikunst
in the volume
Physiologisch-Therapeutisches auf Grundlage der Geisteswissenschaft,
(Bibliographie-Nr.314). The lectures were not revised by the lecturer
It is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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Empirical science and spiritual science; the structure of the
brain; the process of breathing; metabolic processes; solid,
fluid, and fiery aspect of human organism; anabolic and catabolic
The basis for a study of human physiology; the four members of
man and their connection with the physical organism; heart and
lung system; kidney system; liver and gall system; plants and
their use as remedies.
Threefold organization of the human being and forces of growth;
polarity of nerve-sense and metabolic systems and the 4:1 ratio
of pulse and breathing; sulfur, mercury and salt principles in
plants used as remedies; tumor formation and treatment with warmth.
Iron in the human blood; relationship of silicic acid and sugar
to sense organs; a direction for rational therapy; metals as
remedies; man as a being of the whole cosmos.