The Collected Papers of Irvin M. Korr – Vol. 2


Author: Irvin M. Korr
Illustrated: No
Pages: 204
ISBN: 0-940668-06-8
Language: English


Table of Contents

I.  Introductory papers

  • Editor’s foreword: Hollis H. King, D.O., Ph.D.
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface: Irvin M. Korr, Ph.D., Sc.D.
  • Scientific contributions of I.M. Korr ‑ Volume 2: Michael M. Patterson, Ph.D
  • Scientific contributions of I.M. Korr – Volume 1 (1979):  MM. Patterson, Ph.D.
  • Clinical contributions of I.M. Korr – Volume 2: Edward G. Stiles, D.O., FAAO
  • Clinical contributions of I.M. Korr – Volume 1(1979): Edward G. Stiles, D.O., FAAO
  • Professional and philosophical contributions of Professor I.M. Korr: Michael L. Kuchera, D.O., FAAO

II.        Primary research findings and interpretations

  • The spinal cord as organizer of disease processes:  Some preliminary perspectives (1976)
  • The spinal cord as organizer of disease processes:  II.  The peripheral autonomic nervous system (1979)
  • The spinal cord as organizer of disease processes:  III.  Hyperactivity of sympathetic innervation as a common factor in disease (1979)
  • The spinal cord as organizer of disease processes: IV.  Axonal transport and neurotrophic function in relation to somatic dysfunction (1981)
  • Hyperactivity of sympathetic innervation:  A common factor in disease (1984)
  • Somatic dysfunction, osteopathic manipulative treatment, and the nervous system:  A few facts, some theories, many questions (1986)
  • Restoring the musculoskeletal system to its human context.  1990 Mennel-Travell Lecture (1990)

III.       Osteopathic research and basic science

  • Osteopathic principles for basic scientists (1987)
  • Ostopathic research areas and strategies (1988)
  • Osteopathic research:  The needed paradigm shift (1991)

IV.       Primary research findings and interpretations

  • Biologic process in the context of human uniqueness and diversity (1978)
  • Design of the medical curriculum in relation to the health needs of the nation:  A statement on the educational goals of Texax College of Ostgeopathi Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas (1980)
  • Health orientation in medical education, United States:  The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (1981)
  • Medical education:  The resistance to change (1987)
  • Redesign of the Medical Curriculum (1994)

V.        Osteopathic Principles and Philosophy

  • What ‘osteopathic medicine’ and the ‘osteopathic concept’ mean to me (1962 written, 1995 published).
  • History of medicine and the concept of endocoids (1985)
  • Osteopathic principles:  A way of life (1987)
  • The “cause” of illness:  Disease or person?  Implications for the choice of outcome measures (1988)
  • The supremes of A.T. Still (1991)
  • Osteopathy:  Taking its rightful place (1995)
  • An explication of osteopathic principles (1997)
  • Anti-Aging, Indeed! (1996)

VI.       The osteopathic profession

  • Osteopathic medicine’s forgotten ppurpose (1987)
  • Osteopathic medicine:  The profession’s role in society (1990)
  • An allegory:  A forgotten episode in US transportation history (1989)
  • From symphonies to Sousa (1990)
  • Foreword to: Frontier Doctor – Medical Pioneer (1991)
  • DOs must reform system (1993)
  • Dear Editor:  AAO Journal (1995)

VII.     The lighter side of Kim Korr

  • Paradoxes discovered by an octogenarian
  • Things meant to be amusing
  • Medical fiction:  Some invented syndromes
    • Heart success
    • Nephrotrichosis
    • Fetal suicide

Profile and appreciation by the profession

  • A better way for life (1993)


  • Photographs of I.M. Korr and research colleagues

Editor’s Foreword

The second volume of collected papers has come into being for several reasons.  First, due to popular demand by a number of American Academy of Osteopathy members who wanted to celebrate the over fifty years of Dr. Korr’s work within the Osteopathic profession.  Their communications to the Publications Committee of the AAO cited his research, which helped establish the scientific credibility of basic osteopathic medical tenets, and his contributions to osteopathic education and philosophy.

A second reason is to preserve, in a body, Dr. Korr’s work because of its value to the profession and world.  Dr. Korr’s scientific work, the clinical implications, as well as professional and philosophical contributions have been ably described and described and eulogized herein by leaders of our profession.  From the perspective of the Editor and Publications Committee of the American Academy of Osteopathy, the hope was for recognition and utilization of the fact that Volume 2 contains the best collection of modern era statements on osteopathic medical philosophy and education, philosophy of science, and commentary on health care and the human condition in print.  In fact these papers of I.M. Korr make an excellent reference volume, complementary, and second in scope only to the recently published Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine (Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1997).  Together these two books contain primary resource documents relevant to the discussions and decisions by osteopathic phusicians regarding their practice principles and fate of the profession.

Volume 2 contains some material previously published in Volume 1 of The Collected Papers of Irvin M. Korr (1979).  This was done at Dr. Korr’s request to have the full four article series “The spinal cord as organizer of disease processes” appear in one volume, and to give the fullest context and expression to the evolution of his concepts of osteopathic principles, practice, and philosophy.  Also, contributors to Volume I who updated their observations in the present volume appropriately noted that since Volume 2 stood alone on its own merits, a reader not possessed of Volume I might appreciate a ready reference to their original comments.

Given Dr. Korr’s prominent place in osteopathic history, it seemed appropriate, even desirable, to include a number of heretofore unpublished writings.  Literate, as always, this material gives future generations of osteopathic students, physicians, researchers, educators, administrators, and supporters of the profession a fuller picture of ~Dr. Korr, the person.  Those of us who were fortunate to have been Dr.Korr’s student, colleague, or boss may hear his voice inflections in some of his paradoxes, doggerel and parody, and smile knowing that a “zinger” is coming.  Those not so blessed can still feel the compassion for his fellow mankind that this osteopathic soul imparted in his writing and in his daily life as they read and consider these works.

Presented in this way in Volume 2, it is hoped that Dr. Korr’s voice will no longer be crying in an osteopathic wilderness, and will finally be heard by an understanding profession.  For any doubter, given a thorough reading, one will see the internal consistency and applications to medical practice –and life‑ it is compelling.  Perhaps Dr. Korr’s writings have not yet had the impact on the profession they deserve because the implications for the reader are so great that a sense of inadequacy in fulfilling the potential occurs.  To fulfil the osteopathic concept is seen as too daunting a task and might open us to criticism by the other medical profession.  Then there is the phenomenon of resistance to change which may explain some of the osteopathic profession’s tardiness in fulfilling our potential.  Dr. Korr might say we just haven’t lived it enough, perhaps the doubters need more osteopathic treatment themselves.

Additional information

Weight367 g
Dimensions297 × 210 × 20 mm