Aims and content of the Clinical Foundation Course
Basic concepts of anthroposophic medicine and their practical application
include the two, three and four-fould view of the human being, salutogenesis and pathogenesis, inflammation and sclerosis, the large organs and their pathologies, approaches to understanding therapies, child development, biographical laws and questions as to the relationships between body, soul and spirit.
The scientific basis of anthroposophic medicine
and the relationship between AM and conventional medicine will be addressed so that students understand that anthroposophy is based on science and welcomes all scientific observations. Students should become familiar with the concepts of circular evidence and know what forms of evidence can be relied upon in which situation. Knowing how to
access and judge the quality of information is of paramount importance. The art of anthroposophic medicine includes taking medical history, dealing in a scientifically founded way with fever and many acute and chronic illnesses, using basic anthroposophic medicines, knowing the limitations of anthroposophic medicine and understanding enough about eurythmy therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, rhythmical massage, art therapy etc. to be able to prescribe them and communicate with the therapist.
Self and society:
As doctors and therapists we have power. Power requires wisdom if it is to be used for the good of all. Therefore it is necessary that we think very clearly about our relationship to our patients, to society and to money on a micro and macro level. Such thinking can lead to contemplation, meditation and the wish to engage in one’s own inner path. Further, we need to become acquainted with important skills and concepts regarding our own time and selfmanagement in order to prevent ourselves and our staff from burnout. We also need to know something about the rights and limitations of anthroposophic medicine, who is responsible for what, how we can contribute to a healthy and solid development of medicine in general and AM in particular, and what successful models of practice exist.