Spiritual Science and Medicine
20 Lectures given in Dornach, Switzerland
March 21st – April 9th, 1920
Copyright © 1948
These twenty lectures of Dr. Steiner's on Spiritual Science and
Medicine were given at the request of a number of practicing Doctors
in Medicine. Some thirty doctors and students attended.
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Changes in medical outlook in the course of human evolution —
Illness and health — The Archaeus of Paracelsus — Stahl's
theory of Vitalism — The appearance and significance of
pathological anatomy since Morgagni — Humoral pathology —
Cellular pathology — Morbid and natural significance of comparative
anatomy — Knowledge of extra-terrestrial formative forces —
Metamorphosis — Troxler's concept of disease.
Theories regarding the Heart — The Heart as organ of balance
between above and below — Polarity of the human organism —
Physiognomy of disease — Hysteria as expression for preponderance
of metabolic processes — Neurasthenia for preponderance of sensory
processes — Tuberculosis: disposition and infection —
Significance of individual symptoms for its course and cure —
Nature of Homeopathy.
Combination of pathology and therapy through diagnosis — The
Threefold Man — Motor and sensory nerves — Suggestion and
hypnosis — Relation of remedy to patient — Metamorphosis
of growth in plant and man — Power of adaptation and regeneration
— Formative forces and man's functions of soul and spirit Elements
of a psychology based on reality — Ascending and descending
evolution — Processes of blood-formation and milk-formation.
Connection of man with external nature — The Ritter Treatment
— Working out of therapy on basis of pathology — External
and intestinal flora — Carbon process — Oxygen process
— Thoughts and process of ideation — Parallelism of
structural development of intestines and brain. Bacillus theory and
disposition to disease — Secretion and thinking process —
Metamorphosis of light in the organism and Tuberculosis. —
Macroscopic study of the world and illusion of the microscope —
Salt process and sulphur process — Mineralising process —
Homeopathic principle in restorative treatment.
All-round knowledge of man as basis of therapy — Anamnesis as
foundation for judgment of supersensible organism — Man and the
nature kingdoms — Homeopathy and Allopathy — Solubility, salt
formation — Thinking process in the extra-human — Mineral
process, mercurial process, phosphoric process — Relation of plant
to man — Tree formation mistletoe — Root formation, formation
of leaf, blossom, fruit and their relation to mineral, mercurial, and
phosphoric process and to man — Serum therapy.
Plant-forming Process, spiral tendency — Planetary activity —
Relation of plant to man — Polarity of gravity and light —
Polarity in human organism and disease — Rickets, Crassiotabes
— Salt, phosphorus and mercury process — Metals as planetary
processes — Their relation to plants — Combustion and
ash-extraction — Potentising of remedies — Physical curative
treatment — Animal curative substances.
Consideration of age-factor in curative treatment — Chorea —
Pregnancy — Polyarthritis — Difference of therapy in different
epochs of life — Relationship of ages of life to the planets —
Pre-conception causes of illness — Ossification — Sclerosis
— Carcinoma — Hydrocephaly in childhood and later diseases
— Disposition to Syphilis, Pneumonia and Pleurisy —
Endocarditis — Problems of curative treatment — Fever as
expression of ego-activity — Formative process of man and process
of cell-formation — Lead and Sclerosis, Tin and Hydrocephaly, Iron
and pulmonary processes — Copper, Mercury, Silver.
Process of aromatisation in plant and process of smelling —
Salt-forming process in plant and tasting — Metamorphosis of human
organism: smelling, tasting, seeing, thinking, association, digestion,
excretory processes through intestines and kidneys, ideation —
Breathing process, blood and lymph-forming process — Heart as
Meteorological processes and their relation to the human organs —
Significance of air, water, soil, for sickness and health of certain
organs — Polarity of silicon-process and carbon-dioxide process
in human organism — Differentiation of excretory action and its
relation to the two processes — Relation of the two processes to
the metals — Smell and taste.
Effect produced by Anisum vulgare, Cichorium intybus,
Equisetum arvense, Wild strawberry, Lavender, Melissa —
Relation of human organism to plant kingdom and mineral kingdom —
Healing properties of plant-mineral and mineral. Nutrition —
Uncooked diet — Cooking as remedial process — Peripheral
and central man — Digestion, secretion, formation of urine and
sweat — Syphilis — Formation of female organism —
Significance of the female and the male for ontogenesis.
Carbo vegetabilis — Chemistry and physiology —
Nature of Homeopathy — Carbon formation and oxygen process —
Creation of primary light in upper man — Pathology of kidneys
— Air-sphere, warmth and light zone, fluid zone and human pathology
— Kalium carbonicum — Formative process of oyster
shell — Earth formation — Pulmonary process — Breathing
— Hunger, thirst and their organic connections.
Roncegno Water, Levico Water — Oxygen and nitrogen and relationship
of ego — astral body, etheric body and physical body Albumen and
organic system — Vegetable albumen — Relation of elements
oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen to kidneys, liver, lungs, heart
— Practice of meditation — Iron radiation, counteraction of
albumen — Vegetable and animal carbon — Fluorine, magnesium
— Decay of teeth and chlorosis — Silicium — Bases and
acids — Digestion and salt-formation — External therapy.
Activity of etheric body — Tumours, inflammations as consequence of
irregular activity of etheric body — Viscum and viscum treatment
— Carbo vegetabilis — So-called mental
diseases as consequence of disturbed organic processes —
Effects of coffee and tea — Sugar consumption.
Power of judgment and clairvoyance — Work of ego on the human
vehicles — Etheric body and fantasy — The ego-scaffolding
in the physical body — Inflammatory process — Study of
eye-organisation as path to perception of Etheric body —
Therapeutics of inflammatory tendency — Obesity — Leanness
— Hypochondria — The Eye as process of inflammation —
The Ear as process of tumour formation — Study of ear structure
as path to perception of astral body — Rosemary and stimulation
of ego-forces — Arnica and stimulation of astral forces.
Birds and the planetary forces — Intellectuality, formation and
loss of instinct — Diabetes mellitus — Ego weakness —
Plant forming process as growth towards animal forming process —
The animal forming process in man — Process of de-salification
— Plant remedies — Silicon force of disruption in
mathematicians and non-mathematicians — Silver Birch —
Capsella bursæ pastoris (Shepherd's Purse) —
Cochlearea officinalis — Scurvy — Function of
Massage of Spleen region and strengthening of instinctive activity —
Effect of conceptual activity in the organism — Rhythm of eating
— Massage as regulator of rhythmic activity — Massage of
different limbs and its significance for the organism — Migraine
— Colour therapy — Imitation — Authority —
Dementia Præcox — Psychoanalysis — Materialism —
Significance of the teeth — Fluorine and its effects.
Dental development — Dental decay — Hæmorrhoids —
Fluorine action Pedagogy and process of teeth formation — Dental
decay and pregnancy — Æsculin — Chlorophyll —
Overcoming of anti-appetites and organic formation — High and low
potencies — Hypochondria — Materialism as consequence of
Catholic asceticism — Spiritual attributes of matter —
Temperaments — Relation of nutritive processes to senility —
Causes of illness — Bacilli-theory — Tendency of plants to
animalisation — Mineralisation of Plants — The Lungs as
Earth-Waking and sleeping — Typhus — Catarrh —
Abdominal diseases — Walking and growth — Disposition to
Influenza — Diphtheria — Meningitis — Alveolar
Pyorrhœa — Salt, mercury and sulphur process in different
ages of life.
Heredity — Role of male and female — Diabetes and mental
illness — Hæmophilia — Antimony — Antimony as
planetary working — Blood coagulation and formation of albumen
— Working of antimony — Coffee drinking — Oyster-shell
— Oyster as food — Typhus — Deadly Nightshade.
Sense activity and external world — Salts of Ammonia —
Excretion and secretion — Pulmonary activity — Process of
dental formation and Fluorine — Polarity of mineralisation of
dental formation and sexualisation — Peristalsis — Eurhythmy,
dancing, knitting, crocheting — Process of dental formation and
digestion — Nux vomica — Man as seven-membered metal —
Mental disease — Acute and Chronic Illness — Nature of
depression — Allopathy and Homeopathy — Nature Therapy.