‘ What are the intentions of our new medical method?
The new medical method made public here distinguishes itself from the old one through a different knowledge of man. The old method based on the natural scientific conceptions of the modern age wishes to gain knowledge of man by analyzing the physical organization and reconstructing it intellectually.
But man is not merely a physical organization. He is also a supra-physical one. This reveals itself in the experiences and activities of his soul and spirit. Just as the physical organization is the basis of the organization of soul and spirit, so do they in turn form and enliven the physical organization .
Without insight into this fact we cannot obtain a real knowledge of the healthy or the diseased human organism.’
Exerpt taken from : An introduction to Anthroposophical medicine for America in a letter written to Mr. Van Leers of Weleda in America, by Rudolf Steiner.