Welcome to the first episode in our series highlighting physicians for Osteopathic Awareness Month. T oday we interview Jason Haxton, who has been awarded an "honorary D.O." because of his role as the director of the museum of osteopathic medicine in Kirksville, MO. for the past 20 years. Today he will share with us some of the fascinating history of osteopathy.
The collections of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine include more than 80,000 objects, photographs, documents, and books dating from the early 1800s to the present (focused mainly on 1870–1940). The core of the collection consists of artifacts from the founder of osteopathy, A. T. Still's professional and private life, most of them donated by Dr. Still's daughter and members of her family.
Since the founding of the Museum in 1934, other family members, DOs, and Museum supporters have donated many additional artifacts that reflect the ongoing history of the osteopathic profession. The research collections of the International Center for Osteopathic History (ICOH) also include many former holdings of the A.T. Still Memorial Library, for which the Museum assumed responsibility in 1997. Of note, when we interviewed Dr. Darnita Anderson Hill last month, author of Blacks in Osteopathic Medicine, An idea whos time has comes, she found the resources of the museum invaluable to her writings. We hope you enjoy this episode.