Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Chicago : Lewis, 1918. 5 v. (lvi, 2731 p., [228] leaves of plates) : ill., maps (some fold.), ports. ; 27 cm.

O. A. Olson

DR. O. A. OLSON is one of the well known practitioners of Concordia, where he has spent many years in his successful healing of many obstinate and troublesome cases both chronic and otherwise. His success has been unusual, in spite of the fact that his treatment is simple. Patients come to him from all over the state, and he has cured many ailments that have been given up by other practitioners.

Doctor Olson was born in Sweden in November, 1859, and came to the United States in 1880. In his younger years he learned the stone mason's trade, and followed that as a journeyman. It was by accident that he discovered the secret art of healing and his since given his entire attention to his profession.

Doctor Olson states the basic principles of his professional ideas and practice about as follows: It is now high time, says the doctor, that the true physicians should treat man so that he may know how to live rather than to prepare him to die, by filling his system with poisonous drugs. Nature in her extensive laboratory has provided ample remedies for every ailment. Those remedies are not always found in the form of drugs. The laboratory is often the human body in which can be found that power which though unseen and indestructible is none the less efficacious. Paracelsus speaks along those lines when he tells physicians that they have deserted the path indicated by nature and built up for themselves an artificial system through which they prey upon the pockets of the sick. They poison the people and ruin their health and denounce any one who does not follow their schools. There are three kingdoms acting in the constitution of man: An outer, an inner and an uttermost principle. These kingdoms are not understood by the various medical schools, consequently humanity suffers loss of health and life. In the practice of his art Doctor Olson discards all medicine and goes back to nature's laboratory for his power to overcome the diseases of the human body.

A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.