Osteopathy today, and undergraduate education in its schools, must be viewed in an altogether different context from that obtaining only a few decades ago. No longer can osteopathy be labeled a cultist group. For example, section 6 of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Code of Ethics, as revised July 1965,1 states:
A physician shall practice in accordance with the body of systematized knowledge related to the healing arts and shall avoid professional association with individuals or organizations which do not practice or conduct organizational affairs in accordance with such knowledge.
This is our own belief. Educational concepts and practice have changed until today osteopathy is a profession, a segment of the medical profession itself, despite the dilemma of two separate professions. Organized osteopathy does contend that osteopathy is "medicine plus," ie, all the advantages of modern medicine plus the specialized skills in dealing with disorders of the musculoskeletal system