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Osteopath Comparison Table

Richard A. Feely, D.O., FAAO, FCA, FAAMA
Osteopathic Physicians (DO)Allopathic Physicians (MD's)Chiropractors (DC's)
Undergraduate Training Required4 years4 years4 years
Postgraduate Training Required5-8 years5-8 years3-4 years
Hospital Residency RequiredYesYesNo
Able to Prescribe DrugsYesYesNo
Able to Perform SurgeryYesYesNo
Training in Bodily ManipulationReceives 300-500 hours extensive training in bodily manipulation including cranial, extremity, spinal joints, and connective tissueReceives no formal training in manipulation, spinal or otherwiseReceive up to 600 hours in the use of spinal manipulation
FoundersA.T. Still, physician whose philosophy is a “whole person” approach and whose emphasis was on disease prevention as well as cure. A.T. Still was an American original.German trained physicians who viewed the body as being comprised primarily of parts and who emphasized treating symptoms through drugs and surgery.D. D. Palmer who felt that spinal manipulation could effectively address 95% of all illness. Briefly studied with A. T. Still, then developed his own techniques.
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