Anthroposophic Medicine

A Guide to Child Health - Fourth Edition

A Holistic Approach to Raising Healthy Children

Dr. Michaela Glöckler & Dr. Wolfgang Goebel



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This acclaimed guide to children's physical, psychological, and spiritual development is now available in a fourth revised edition. Combining up-to-date medical advice with issues of development and education, this is a definitive guide for parents.

If you've ever wanted a deeper understanding of your child's illnesses, or to take a more holistic approach to your child's health, this is the book for you. As well as comprehensively covering medical issues, it's also about parenting techniques, education, spirituality and play—a truly integrated approach to all aspects of raising healthy children in the broadest sense.

The authors based their theory and practice on more than twenty years of experience in the children's outpatient department of the Herdecke Hospital in Germany, which follows anthroposophic principles.

The first section covers childhood ailments and home nursing. The second part looks at the healthy development of children and how to create the best conditions for them. The authors go on to examine issues of development and education, and their consequences for later life. Throughout, the book is extremely practical, with example situations of conflict and crisis presented, along with possible solutions. It includes medical and health practices in North America, Southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the UK and Europe.

The fourth edition includes updates on treatments for tonsillitis, croup, sunstroke, and head lice, as well as possible complications arising from measles and ultrasound scans. The section on vaccinations includes the latest recommendations and has updates on measles, meningococcal and HPV. There is also a new section on electromagnetic pollution, including mobile (cell) phones and UHF and SHF radio frequencies, and their effects on respiration, the immune system, and fertility.

Awakening to Child Health - Vol. 1

Holistic Child and Adolescent Development

Raoul Goldberg MD



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Awakening to Child Health - Vol. 1, is an exquisitely beautiful and warm portrait of child development and the health-giving impact of a warm and nurturing environment on the emerging human being. I should be clear that this is *not* a home medical care guidebook. It is something that I've always that was very needed - an exploration (in clear and common English) of the nature of childhood with lots of examples and considered discussions.

In other words, this is a book about children, who and what they are, what they need to develop into healthy adults, what they need to be healthy and strong as they grow. The knowledge, warmth and wisdom of Awakening to Child Health is truly life enhancing, at every level.

This book is wonderful - the sort you'll read, explore and be grateful to have known for years and years to come.


  • Meeting Children and Your Inner Child
  • The Prenatal Journey of the Incarnating Child
  • Body, Soul, and Spirit and the Three Births of Childhood
  • The Heavenly Years from Birth to Three
  • The Golden Years from Three to Seven
  • The Beautiful and Healthy Years from Seven to Fourteen
  • Puberty to Adulthood
  • Seven Life Processes, Four Temperaments, Three Physical Types and Seven Character Types
  • Awakening to the Self and Identity

The Therapeutic Eye

How Rudolf Steiner Saw Children

Peter Selg



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Rudolf Steiner’s extraordinary ability to perceive the inner nature and development of children provided insights at many levels and areas of the creative learning process. He spoke of this ability as a precondition for all forms of healthy childhood education—including special education—and suggested that teachers should develop such a capacity within themselves.

This process involves the recreation of the child within oneself, based on what we are able to observe in the child’s physical appearance, temperament, ways of moving, and environment. In The Therapeutic Eye, Dr. Peter Selg discusses Steiner’s views on childhood development, how teachers can look at children, and ways that these approaches can be used to develop lessons and classroom activities to deal with behavioral extremes and learning challenges.

The Therapeutic Eye is a valuable resource for teachers and parents - well worth studying again and again.

Seeing Christ in Sickness and Healing

Anthroposophical medicine as a medicine founded in Christianity

Dr. Peter Selg



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For those who are in daily contact with people who are ill or in need, there may be a tendency to forget the larger purpose of healing because of a need to focus on the day-to-day mechanics of healthcare. Anthroposophic medicine, however, encompasses more than the physical body—it is also concerned with the soul and individual biography of patients, which brings a broader dimension to conventional medical care.

Peter Selg shows how anthroposophic therapies draw heavily on the Christian concept of healing as seen in the Christian Bible. In practical terms, he suggests that, through meditation, healers and caregivers can allow the healing power of Christ to work through them. They must come to recognize that sickness is part of a person’s destiny and that the healing process can help realize the purpose of the sickness for the person’s individual life story.

Nurses, caregivers, social workers, therapists, counselors, and doctors can all benefit from this insightful book.

Home Nursing for Carers

Tineke van Bentheim

Originally published as Caring for the Sick at Home



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When the original edition was published in the 1980's, it became a mainstay at our home.  I used it for all manner of illnesses and injuries - we had 3 small children, so I was given plenty of opportunity to become familiar with this book.  It is a wonderful resource - very clear instructions and very effective remedies and aides.  I strongly recommend that you make it a part of your healing basket - you'll turn to it often and be glad you did.

This book covers all aspects of general home nursing, including the arrangement of the patient’s room, meals, taking a temperature, and washing the patient. It also details numerous holistic treatments, including herbal and plant remedies, baths, foot baths, compresses, and poultices. Also included are sections specifically on pregnancy, birth, sleep, nursing the terminally ill, and death.

Here is a comprehensive guide for holistic home care, especially for those nursing children and adults through an illness.

Practical Home Care Medicine

A Natural Approach

Christine Murphy, Editor



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This little book is a gem! Like a homeopathic remedy, it's small size belies its power to heal. Christine Murphy has gathered together what I believe is best collection of home remedies ever presented in one place. Most of them them are ones she grew up with and many of them I used for my own children. I can personally tell you that you will be astonished at how effective they are - and how quickly they act!

I can remember when one of my children would begin to get an earache, just placing a simple onion poultice on the ear brought instant pain relief and sped the healing so much that things were often back to normal within a day. Really. This is the type of remedy you will find in this wonderful book - organized by illness, with special how-to sections on preparing the compresses, poultices, baths; stocking your remedy chest, and more.

Once you start using this book, you'll find it indispensable. And, you'll learn so much about the gifts the world brings for our health. Recommended without hesitation and with much hope that Practical Home Care Medicine finds its way into home after home after home.

Healing the Skin

Holistic Aproaches to Treating Skin Conditions - A practical guide based on anthroposophic medicine

Lueder Jachens, MD



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Our skin is the visible barrier between what is inside and what is outside our bodies. It can respond with sensitivity to tender contact, allowing us to experience pleasure, or, when harmful influences arise, it can contract or erupt and lead to pain. The increasing prevalence in recent years of various types of skin conditions is an indication that toxic influences are on the increase.

A dermatologist, allergist, and physician, Lueder Jachens offers wise advice in Healing the Skin, an expertly written and helpful “owner’s handbook.” His concern is not only to offer his insights into the individual conditions, their causes, and how best to treat them, but also to present a holistic understanding of the skin itself—the largest human organ—to help us develop better health and harmony in the longer term.

Dr. Jachens’ authoritative guide begins with an anatomy of the skin and its relationship to the physical and spiritual levels of existence. He then goes on to study various specific conditions and their treatment, including psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, boils, hayfever, alopecia (hair loss), melanoma, abscesses, impetigo, fungal infections, herpes, scabies, head lice, sunburn, and much more.

Eurythmy Therapy

Eight Lectures

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Alan Stott

Previously published in an earlier translation as Curative Eurythmy



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Steiner’s comprehensive lecture course, republished here in a thoroughly revised translation, describes the principles of therapeutic eurythmy and provides many specific exercises. Intended primarily for practicing eurythmists, these lectures also contain much material of special interest. Steiner reveals the intricacies of rhythmic interplay between human physiology and the life-forces in the world around us. He describes the qualities of language and the dynamism contained in the individual vowels and consonants, elucidating their relationship with eurythmy movements and human experience. Through such movements, individuals are able to access the healing etheric forces.

The exercises, which Steiner calls “inner gymnastics,” contain enormous potential for psychological and physiological well-being. Gaining increasingly wide recognition today, they complement conventional medicine and offer a therapeutic process for mind, soul and body.

This new edition of these important lectures includes an appendix with reminiscences by early eurythmists, as well as commentary from Dr. Walter Kugler.

The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy

Hans-Broder von Laue and Elke E von Laue


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Eurythmy is a modern art of movement, and eurythmists work in the areas of art, healing, and education. The benefits as a healing social art are well known for both children and adults.

Rudolf Steiner gave a course on eurythmy therapy in which he described the process of “re-enlivening the whole physiology.” The authors of this book have researched eurythmy therapy for many years and The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy is a comprehensive overview of their work.  As such, it is also the clearest, most thorough explanation available in English as to the nature of the transformation of sound into eurythmy gestures and the effects of those gestures on the human body and soul.  For practicing eurythmists and anyone who would like to explore and understand the profound healing potential of eurythmy as therapy.


An Introductory Reader

Rudolf Steiner

Original texts compiled with an introduction, commentary and notes by Andrew Maendl



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This a small book that is nonetheless potent with an excellent selection of Steiner's key lectures and essays on the topic of the medical arts. If you are looking for a readable  overview of the basic tenants of anthroposophical medicine, you've found your book.

Topics include:

  • true human nature as a basis for medical practice;
  • the science of knowing;
  • the mission of reverence;
  • the four temperaments;
  • the bridge between universal spirituality and the physical;
  • the constellation of the supersensible bodies;
  • the invisible human within us: the pathology underlying therapy;
  • cancer and mistletoe, and aspects of psychiatry;
  • case history questions: diagnosis and therapy;
  • anthroposophic medicine in practice: and three case histories.

An Introduction to Anthroposphical Medicine

Extending the Art of Healing

Victor Bott



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In modern times, Western societies have become increasingly familiar and comfortable with the numerous complementary and alternative forms of medicine, often derived from Eastern sources. Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical medicine, founded in the early part of the twentieth century, renews the origin of Western medicine. But unlike many modern medical practices based on reductionist, materialistic thinking, Steiner’s holistic system encompasses a picture of the human being as an entity of body, soul, and spirit. Anthroposophical medicine brings harmony to these different aspects of the human constitution.

Victor Bott, a medical doctor, offers a comprehensive overview of this remarkable system of medicine. He presents a new approach to understanding various types of diseases, including a discussion on the stages of human development; the roles of organs such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart; specific diseases; and indications about why people become ill. He also discusses the increasing prevalence of cancer and specific phenomena such as the menstrual cycle.

From Comets to Cocaine

Answers to Questions

Rudolf Steiner

Previously published as Health and Illness, Vols 1 & 2



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In this volume Steiner discusses, among other things, nicotine and alcohol, causes and timing of illness, pregnancy, vegetarian and meat diets, the human ear, eye and hair color, influenza, hay fever, haemophilia, planets and metals, mental illness, the ice age, the thyroid gland and hormones, beavers, wasps and bees, the nose, smell and taste, jaundice, smallpox, rabies.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Elements in Light-Darkness-Color

Research on Different Types of Depression

Chantal Bernard and Janny Mager


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The goal of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Elements in Light-Darkness-Color is to show how Liane Collot d'Herbois's understanding of the therapeutic uses of painting can provide the basis for precise, complete and reliable diagnosis of a patient's condition with regard to different symptoms of depression.

Using this diagnosis, it is possible to create a therapeutic plan in collaboration with a doctor that is specific to an individual's particular needs.

Part 1 uses Collot d'Herbois' lecture by the same title to develop a basis of understanding of the human constitution in relation to its spiritual, soul, etheric and physical parts. The authors present a conception of pathology from two essential notions: the formation of foreign bodies and the tendency to an illness similar to congenital consumption. They also offer some general elements as to how to conduct a therapy.

Part 2 shows how these elements correspond directly to the conceptions of the human being in health or illness according to the Collot d'Herbois' approach.

Part 3 demonstrates through analysis of free pictures by the patients in charcoal and in color how we can begin to establish a diagnosis in relation to the two pathological tendencies describes. The the elements of diagnosis and therapy are assembled for the different types of depression related to the cardinal organs.

Healthy Medicine

A Guide to the Emergence of Sensible, Comprehensive Care

Robert J Zieve, MD



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We need changes in our attitudes, our understanding of illness, our acceptance of non-allopathic practitioners, the economics of how we pay for health care, and our entire professional medical-legal system in which medical boards often act within the law to protect and defend the guild of conventional medicine under the guise of ‘scientific proof.’... I present a template that combines economics, psychology, medicine, physiology, and mythology. It can serve as support and guidance for making the changes necessary for a new model of medicine in the twenty-first century.

—Dr. Robert J. Zieve

Dr. Zieve presents a new paradigm for health care that shows us how to go beyond the limitations and severe deficiencies of our current sickness care system. It embraces and synthesizes the emerging models of integrative medicine, energy medicine, and energy psychology into an effective and affordable approach to healing for everyone.

This guide is for both those wish to provide a more complete form of health care for their patients and also for those individuals who are prepared to make the necessary changes in daily life in order to initiate or maintain a movement toward healing. This includes understanding the daily disciplines of a healing process, the deeper psychological processes of illness, and the creative arts in their therapeutic roles.

Extending Practical Medicine

Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman

Translated by Anna Meuss


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We have experienced anthroposophic medicine and its remedies, as an extremely effective approach to regaining and maintaining health and are hopeful that this new edition will help it to become more widely known. This is the founding volume, a pioneer work, where Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman first moved to extend medicine beyond the boundaries of materialism, toward a deeper realization of the human being within all creation. Anna Meuss's clear and penetrating new translation brings a new vitality, depth and accessibility to this classic that gave birth to an entire field of medical practice. Very highly recommended.

Foundations of Anthroposophic Medicine

A Training Manual

Edited by Guus van der Bie and Machteld Huber



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A comprehensive textbook intended for doctors who are studying anthroposophic medicine, it can also be read profitably by anyone with a thriving interest in the this approach to the healing arts.


  • “The Art and Science of Medicine,” Anton Dekkers
  • “A Philosophical Foundation of Anthroposophical Medicine,” Erik Baars
  • “Developing Dynamic Perception,” Guus van der Bie
  • “Dynamic Morphology and Embryology,” Jaap van der Wal
  • “Polarities: Projective Geometry,” Ferdie Amons
  • “Metamorphosis: Essence and Manifestation,” Guus van der Bie
  • “Observing Nature and Studying the Elements,” Guus van der Bie
  • “The Anthroposophical View of the Human Being,” Arie Bos
  • “Pathology and Therapy,” Guus van der Bie
  • “Working with the Texts of Rudolf Steiner,” Anton Dekkers
  • “The Anthroposophical Path of Inner Development,” Marion van Bree, Guus van der Bie, Machteld Huber

The Vaccination Dilemma

Christine Murphy, Editor



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"This book should be read by all physicians, health care providers, and families with children."

—John R. Lee, MD

In their first five years of life, children are expected to undergo 37 doses of eleven different vaccines, yet relatively few parents are aware of the risks of chronic disease, injury, or death that some vaccines can present. A growing body of research has linked immunization with autism, seizures, asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and even hyperactivity and learning disabilities; yet we continue to use vaccination as “insurance” even against diseases that no longer pose a significant threat.

Christine Murphy has compiled a book that presents the vaccination dilemma from multiple perspectives. It clearly describes the immune system and its workings—and what science does and does not know about them. It offers suggestions and resources for parents whose children are sick, whether from a common childhood illness or from a vaccination reaction. And it makes a case for an alternate view of disease—as a teacher that allows us to develop physically and spiritually, and as a necessary test of strength that we have chosen out of our destiny.

This book will help educate parents about the vaccination dilemma and prepare them to make, in consultation with one or more health professionals, educated vaccination decisions for their children.

Secrets of the Skeleton

Form in Metamorphosis

L.F.C. Mees



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In this book, we are not dealing, as is usually the case, with statements that are, in my opinion, established facts.... The artistic part that lives in some form in each human being can be used as a means of observation. Thus, it is possible to observe things that would escape those who take the purely analytical, scientific approach.... It is of prime importance to discover a certain order, a plan, in the multitude of shapes. To achieve this, we must study the skeleton as a whole. For our purpose, it is also necessary to study the shape of a number of bones in a new way and by mutual comparison.

—L. F. C. Mees

Right Hipbone & Upside-down Left Shoulder Blade

Right Hipbone & Upside-down Left Shoulder Blade

In this seminal study of human bone forms, Dr. Mees reveals the skeleton as an articulate work of art. But who is the artist? Using a blend of phenomenological observations and artistic intuition, the author carefully explores the anatomical facts of the human skeleton, with the beauty of many bones impressively described and illustrated through numerous parallel photographs and illustrations.

Dr. Mees discovers numerous intriguing correspondences of form, especially between bones of the lower body and those of the skull. Interpreting the gestural language hidden within the skeleton from the background of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, the author reaches startling conclusions concerning those correspondences — conclusions that support the reality of reincarnation and the concept of a body of formative forces, or what some call the human “etheric body.”

The book also contributes a discussion of polarity and intensification — the essential laws of metamorphosis, as discovered by Goethe and revealed in his writings. Mees clarifies the various types of metamorphosis as characterized by the living realms of plant, animal, and human, and this, in turn, sheds new light on the creationist vs. evolutionary controversy, as well as several other contemporary spiritual dilemmas.

Healthy Body, Healthy Brain

Alzheimer's and Dementia Prevention and Care

Jenny Lewis



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This book is the result of Jenny Lewis’s research and experience as a caregiver for her mother, who has suffered from senile dementia for fifteen years. Despite her mother’s worsening condition, Jenny has continually fostered an attitude of hope and a determined effort to improve her mother’s quality of life. In Healthy Body, Healthy Brain, she shares her advice.

Jenny Lewis discusses the importance of valuing and caring for the elderly, encouraging mobility and independence for as long as possible. She emphasizes prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia through nutrition, physical activity, and positivity and offers suggestions on how to improve the health and well-being of those already suffering from these conditions. Jenny goes on to discuss residential care and nursing homes and the importance of adopting a fresh approach toward caring for the elderly in our society.

This practical and encouraging guide also includes practical suggestions that can be introduced easily into daily routines, including recipes for nourishing soups and Brain Gym exercises.

The Harmony of the Human Body

Musical Principles in Human Physiology

Armin Husemann, M.D.



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This is an exploration of the cosmic origins of human beings and the evolutionary laws that govern their development. Husemann applies musical principles as a method of gaining insight into the structure of the human body and the forces that work on it, seeking to use our experience of music to explain the physiological and anatomical relationships in the body and the spiritual influences that determine physical development.

Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer

Prevention, Treatment and Healing

Dr. Johannes Wilkens, Gert Böhm

Translated by Peter Clemm



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Mistletoe is a parasitic evergreen plant that lives on trees such apple and elm. Modern complementary therapies for cancer increasingly make use of mistletoe preparations. However, mistletoe grows on many different trees, and the properties of the plant vary according to the host.  Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer presents, for the first time, an important reference for practitioners on the characteristics of each type of mistletoe and the kinds of cancers they are best suited to treat. Thirteen host trees are described, covering aspects from mythology and botany to homeopathy and flower essences. The authors pull the various characteristics together, providing a unique guide to the different types of mistletoe and which patients might benefit most from the individual varieties. The results will be useful not only in treating cancer, but also in prevention.

Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer includes specific case studies, as well as notes on supplementary therapies using metals.

Iscador: Mistletoe and Cancer Therapy

Christine Murphy, Editor


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In recent years, the plant-based cancer remedy Iscador has been gaining increased media attention. But, Iscador has been known for its therapeutic benefits for over eighty years. As early as 1917, Rudolf Steiner suggested using injections of mistletoe extract for the treatment of cancer.  His recommendations were taken up and put to clinical use by Ita Wegman, MD, a Dutch physician. Dr. Wegman, who founded a clinic that later became the Lukas clinic, also first developed Iscador in 1917.

In Iscador - Mistletoe and Cancer Therapy, Christine Murphy gathers together some of the work of doctors and clinicians who have been using Iscador today. Dr. Richard Wagner answers many of the questions about Iscador asked him by his patients during his many years of practice as an oncologist in general practice, treating cancer patients with both conventional and alternative therapies. Dr. Thomas Schuerholz, a medical doctor specializing in cancer, offers an overview of the terms, procedures, and different approaches to treating cancer. Phoebe Alexander examines the role of art therapy in healing, Dr. Erika Merz offers suggested dietary options for cancer patients, and a full list of resources allows those diagnosed with cancer to understand fully the options available to them.

This is the first and only book to date that really explores this topic. It does so in a thorough yet easy-to-understand way that is truly empowering. Highly recommended!

Education for Special Needs - 2nd Edition

The Curative Education Course (317)

Rudolf Steiner

The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Anna Meuss



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"Essentially we do not really have the right to talk about normality or abnormality in a child's inner life, nor indeed in the inner life of human beings altogether.... One does not gain much from such labeling, and the first thing to happen should be that the physician or the teacher rejects such an assessment, and goes further than saying that something is clever or sensible according to the way people are habitually thinking." —Rudolf Steiner

Speaking in 1924, when general attitudes to people with special needs were far from enlightened, Steiner gave this seminal lecture course to a small group of teachers and doctors as a basis for their future work. In the current cultural context, regressive ideas such as social Darwinism and eugenics were not only tolerated but popular (some 15 years after these lectures were delivered, the Nazis initiated their so-called euthanasia program). In contrast, Steiner—who had, as a young man, successfully tutored a boy with special needs—was devoted to the progressive task of special education and, in the words of one of those present, "gave the course with pleasure and satisfaction."

Steiner describes polarities of illness and derives courses of treatment from a comprehensive analysis. He considers many individual cases in detail and gives indications on therapeutic exercises, diet, and medicine. The "I," he states, relates directly to the physical body, and the spirit and soul need to be considered when making diagnoses. Throughout the lectures, Steiner offers valuable advice for the self-development of educators, emphasizing the need for enthusiasm, humor, and courage.

As with Steiner’s lectures on agriculture, this course has had a huge international impact, inspiring the establishment of hundreds of schools and communities for people with special needs, including the Camphill and Steiner special-education movements. Revolutionary in approach, the far-reaching perspectives of these lectures are a living source of inspiration to both professionals and parents, as well as anyone seeking spiritual insight.

This new edition features a fresh translation, introductory material, notes, color plates, and an index.

Education for Special Needs is a translation from German of Heilpädagogischer Kurs (GA 317). 12 lectures, Dornach, June 25–July 7, 1924 (CW 317)

This edition replaces Education for Special Needs.

216 pages, 6" x 9", 2014.

Sexual Abuse of Children

Understanding, Prevention and Treatment

Dr. Michaela Glöckler

Softbound pamphlet


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Dr. Glöckler offers a considered response to the increasing incidence of children who have been sexually abused - most often by someone they love and trust. Here is a social overview, with suggestions for the direction of medical, psychological and pedagogical treatment.