What Kind of Doctor Is a D.O.?

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A D.O. is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and they stress prevention and wellness for the entire body. Discover how osteopathic medical physicians use their hands to diagnose and treat diseases with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on doctors of osteopathic medicine.

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What kind of doctor is a D.O.? A D.O. stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. They stress prevention, wellness for whole person. They have the same training as an M.D., a Medical Doctor. They have a separate and equal branch, of American medical care. They also use hands, and their eyes, and their ears, and everything about them, to be able to assess and treat a patient. They're trained also along in their medical training, with manipulation, which they use their hands to diagnose, and to help treat diseases. They also believe a lot in natural healing, and it comes from Dr. Still. In 1874, he was a pioneer, and he was focused on the unity of all the body parts. He dealt mostly in dealing with food, natural foods, and exercise, so a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, is one that stresses the wholeness in the person, and tries to treat someone with natural products, also using proven medical ways to treat patients, with medicines and so forth, also, so they are the same as a medical doctor. They go through the same training, but they use more manipulation, and natural things, to be able to help heal the patient.

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