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Physiology and Therapeutics
GA 314

This is the first edition of Physiology and Therapeutics, a new translation of four lectures given in Dornach, October 7–9, 1920, appearing in German as Physiologisch-Therapeutisches auf Grundlage der Geisteswissenschaft. Zur Therapie und Hygiene, in the volume of the same title, Bibliographie-Nr. 314, published by the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, 1975. The lecture series they are from is entitled, Physiological Therapy Based on Spiritual Science. The translation is from the most recent German edition and is by Alice Wulsin and Gerald Karnow.

I.Lecture I 7th October, 1920
Hypothetical and phenomenological science; Schelling's "To know nature means to create nature"; indications of new methods in science.
II.Lecture II 8th October, 1920
Creative activity within the human being; transformation of growth forces into soul forces; childhood illnesses and illnesses in later life; physical illness and mental illness; seat of mental illness in organs.
III.Lecture III 9th AM October, 1920
Sound basis for therapy; threefold organization of man and its relation to soul-life; breakdown processes and upbuilding processes; plant metamorphosis and its relation to remedies; betula alba.
IV.Lecture IV 9th PM October, 1920
Ego-activity and physical ego-scaffolding; phosphorus in human being; rickets; effect of salts in human being; use of massage; human reproduction; male and female principles.