9 lectures, Dornach, April 11–18, 1921 (CW 313)
In a series of nine lectures to doctors, pharmacists and students,
Steiner presents a wealth of medical ideas with numerous
therapeutic and diagnostic insights. As with his first series of
lectures on medicine a year earlier (Introducing Anthroposophical
Medicine), the range, depth and scope of Steiner’s subject
matter is breathtaking.
Steiner begins by describing the interplay of physical and
metaphysical aspects of the human being, presenting a paradigm
in which the four bodies—physical, etheric, astral, and “I”
—interrelate in contrasting ways with the threefold human organism
of head, thorax and metabolism and with our capacities for
thinking, feeling, and volition. These challenging but enlightening
concepts unlock a wonderful diagnostic tool for appraising and
understanding patients. He considers the medicinal actions of
various substances, including silica, phosphorus, sulfur, arsenic,
antimony, and mercury.
Also discussed are the methodology of medical examination; the
treatment of developmental irregularities; the four types of ether;
raw-food diets; the “I” and the assimilation of food; metal therapy
and the actions of lead, magnesium, tin, iron, copper, gold, mercury
and silver; the medicinal use of root and herbaceous parts and
flowers; the rhythmic balancing process between the action of
salutogenic and pathological forces; and death.
This volume also features Steiner’s answers to questions, an
introductory lecture to eurythmy therapy, a comprehensive introduction,
notes and index, 9 color plates of Steiner’s blackboard drawings,
and facsimiles and translations of his notes for the lectures.
This volume is a translation from German of Geisteswissenschaftliche
Gesichtspunkte zur Therapie (GA 313).
A previous translation of this book was titled Anthroposophical
Spiritual Science and Medical Therapy.