FOUNDATIONS OF ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE
LECTURES AND WRITINGS BY RUDOLF STEINER
In response to
requests from doctors and medical students, Rudolf Steiner gave the
first lectures outlining an “anthroposophically extended
medicine” in March, 1920 — anticipating by more than
sixty years the essentially postmodern idea of integrative or
complementary medicine. Originally scheduled for two weeks, the
initial meeting was lengthened to three, so that physicians could
also make presentations on their own work. Anthroposophical medicine
thus grows out of the realities of medical
Steiner, by training a
scientist and a Goetheanist, had always been interested in medicine
and the art of healing. At different periods of his life, he had
lectured and written on medical subjects and advised physicians on
their work. He could do this because, besides being thoroughly versed
in contemporary medical methods, he had worked through and understood
the bases of traditional Western medicine exemplified by the
alchemical tradition that runs from Paracelsus through Van Helmont to
Hahnemann, the creator of homeopathy — the traditional medicine
of the West.
alchemical tradition was close to his heart and to the heart of
anthroposophy, the new science of the spirit. For this reason,
together with his close associate Dr. Ita Wegman, Steiner actively
encouraged the development of anthroposophically extended medicine,
which now enjoys a growing worldwide reputation both for its
methodology and for specific treatments such as Iscador (mistletoe)
Throughout the four
years remaining to him, Steiner continued to lecture once or twice a
year to physicians and consult with those undertaking to incorporate
these new ideas into their clinical practice. At the same time,
clinics were created and a training program instituted. The
Foundations of Anthroposophical Medicine series will include all of
Steiner's medical lectures and writings.
(Titles as given are
translations of the German titles as they appear in the Collected
Works (GA). The titles as published in English may vary.)
Spiritual Scientific Perspectives on Therapy: Second Medical Course
(Nine Lectures, Dornach, April 11 – April 18, 1921).
Geisteswissenschaftliche Gesichtspunkte zur Therapie
Physiology and Therapy on the Basis of Spiritual Science
(Four Lectures, Dornach, October 7 – October 9, 1920);
Anthroposophical Foundations for an Art of Remedies
(Four Lectures, Stuttgart, October 26 – 28, 1922);
(Three Lectures, Dornach, December 31, 1923 January 2, 1924);
Miscellaneous discussions, etc.
Physiologisch-Therapeutisches auf Grundlage der
Geisteswissenschaft. Zur Therapie und Hygiene
(Seven Lectures, Dornach, April 12 – April 18, 1921;
One Lecture, Stuttgart, October 28, 1922).
Heileurythmie GA 315
Meditative Considerations and Directions for
Deepening the Art of Healing.
Meditative Betrachtungen und Anleitungen zur
Vertiefung der Heilkunst
(Twelve Lectures, Dornach, June 25 – July 12, 1924).
(Eleven Lectures, Dornach, September 8 – September 18, 1924).
Medicine and the Anthroposophical View of the Human Being
(Eleven Lectures, various cities, 1923/24).
Anthroposophische Menschenerkenntnis und Medizin
GA 319. Published as
The Healing Process: Spirit, Nature & Our Bodies
Miscellaneous Lectures on Spiritual Science and Medicine I
Miscellaneous Lectures on Spiritual Science and Medicine II