11 lectures, Aug. 28, 1923–Aug. 29, 1924 (CW 319)
Rudolf Steiner, a scientist by training, lectured and wrote, at different times on medical subjects and advised physicians on their work. His view of medicine was both unconventional and precise. He could describe―based on his highly developed powers of observation and his spiritual research―processes of health and disease that escape conventional methods of medical observation.
In these broadly ranging talks, Steiner introduces fundamental principles of anthroposophically extended medicine. Some of the most remarkable insights that anthroposophy brings to medicine are contained in this volume. For example, Steiner points out that the heart is not a pump and that its motion is a consequence, not the cause, of rhythmic movements in human beings.
Health problems, such as hay fever, migraine, sclerosis, cancer, tuberculosis, typhoid, and childhood diseases
The polarity between nerve and liver cells
The functions of the spleen and the gallbladder
The three basic processes of sensory-nervous system, rhythmic system, and metabolic-limb system
Regenerative and degenerative processes
The true nature of the nervous system
Plus many suggestions for the use of minerals, plants, and artistic therapies in healing.