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This type of medicine recognizes how the body's systems, particularly the bones and muscles, work together and influence each other.

A doctor of osteopathy (DO)…

  • can prescribe medicine and perform surgery.
  • may take a "whole person" approach to primary care, encouraging patients to live in a way that prevents illness.
  • may specialize in a certain aspect of medical care.




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Source: Allina Health clinics; American Osteopathic Association

First published: 03/14/2007
Last updated: 06/21/2010

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics