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History of Osteopathy in Los Angeles - Short Version




For more information on Osteopathic Medicine in California visit U.C. Irvine’s Osteopathic Collection.


Pictures Clockwise from Left to Right


1920

College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons


1956

Los Angeles County Osteopathic Hospital dedication plaque


2007

LAC+USC Women’s and Children’s Hospital formerly the LAC Osteopathic Hospital


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Since the founding of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri in 1892. Osteopathy has extended it’s reach westward. 


In 1896, the Pacific College of Osteopathy was created in Anahiem.  In 1904 the Los Angeles College of Osteopathy opened.  Both merged in 1914 to form the College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. The former building for the college is now the LAC+USC College of Nursing and Allied Health. In 1961, the college was then converted to an allopathic medical school, the California College of Medicine, which later became the UCI School of Medicine. In 1968, the California College of Medicine was moved to Irvine. In 1976, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific was opened in Pomona.


Los Angeles County Osteopathic Hospital

The Osteopathic Hospital, opened in 1928. It was created based on the need for a hospital program to train osteopathic physicians and provide health services for the indigent sick and injured of LA County.  The new Osteopathic Hospital, Unit II, opened in 1959. The CA College of Medicine moved to Irvine in 1968 and the Osteopathic Hospital became the LAC+USC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 


Amalgamation - 1960s

In the 1960s, in California, the AMA spent nearly $8 million to end the practice of osteopathy.  With financial support from the AMA, the state passed a state wide referendum (Prop 22) that ended the practice of osteopathic medicine in CA.  The College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons became the California College of Medicine and eventually the UC Irvine, College of Medicine.

     The decision proved quite controversial.  In 1974, after protest and lobbying by a group of influential and prominent D.O.s, the California Supreme Court ruled that Prop 22 was unconstitutional and that licensing of D.O.s in that state must be resumed.


Osteopathic Medicine Today

In 1976, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific was opened in Pomona. In 1995 it was renamed Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. In 1997, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine was opened on Mare Island in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

    

In 2007, the philosophy of osteopathic medicine, first enunciated in 1874 by Dr. Still, continues to emphasize preventive medicine, a holistic approach to patient care, and empowering the patient to strive toward health and not disease.

History of Osteopathy in Los Angeles