As one of eleven sections of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach (Switzerland), the Medical Section is the international coordination centre for Anthroposophic Medicine. Its core tasks are:
- promoting and coordinating research and development in Anthroposophic Medicine and its various forms of therapy;
- organizing meetings and conferences, as well as training and further training modules for the deepening of Anthroposophic Medicine worldwide;
- publicizing specialist articles, particularly on 5 CARE areas, in specialist journals and on the Anthromedics online platform;
- working for freedom in therapy, diversity of methods and qualified pluralism in medicine.
Since the founding of the Medical Section in 1923 by Dr phil Rudolf Steiner, who appointed Dr med Ita Wegman as the first head of the Section, it has developed into a world-spanning, interdisciplinary network that acts as a catalyst for and coordinator of the various medical professional fields, taking into account spiritual, economic and social, as well as political and cultural aspects. It implements the anthroposophical cognitive approach for a spiritual understanding of the human being and the environment in accordance with the model of the way the heart functions: from the centre to the periphery and from the periphery back to the centre. Its work culture follows the Motto of Social Ethics:
The healthy social life is found
When in the mirror of each human soul
The whole community finds its reflection;
And when in the community
The virtue of each one is living.
Rudolf Steiner, Motto of Social Ethics, 5 November 1920