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Osteopathic Medicine: Philosophy, Principles and Practice Paperback – March 5, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0632052639 ISBN-10: 0632052635 Edition: 1st

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“This is a very interesting book that provokes thought and gives depth to practising osteopathy….well worth a read.”

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This is the first textbook on osteopathic medicine to complement the dominant 'medical' model of education. Drawing from the achievements and ideas of the past as well as present-day practice, it provides an organic yet scientific approach which is uniquely osteopathic. Using the work of its founder, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, and the philosophy of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, McKone shows how true osteopathy is a philosophy, leading to principles and ultimately to a unique form of treatment.

This style of thinking brings the philosophy, principles and clinical practice to life for the student and qualified practitioner. Anatomy, physiology, signs and symptoms all merge at the point of treatment. Students and practitioners will find this book invaluable as it will allow them to bring together all their osteopathic training into a coherent osteopathic system of practice.

Key features:

  • The first book to demonstrate and distinguish between what is and what is not osteopathic

  • Takes an organic and humanistic approach, fundamental to osteopathy

  • An essential resource for anyone training, practising or interested in osteopathy, regardless of their college or school

  • Provides a clear foundation, complementing the structured learning of students - something they have not had up until now

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Walter Llewellyn McKone was born in Wood Green, North London, UK. He has been in osteopathic medicine for nearly thirty years. In his early days as an osteopath he was involved in sports medicine in particular American football and rugby union. Walter's experience in sports medicine began as Athletic Injuries Officer for the Budweiser American football league and sabbaticals with the then Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys culminating with the World League of American Football London Monarchs in 1991. For nearly thirteen years he was osteopath to Haringey Rugby football club, North London. In the early nineties he was involved with ballet at the Landestheatre, Altenburg, Germany. In 1997 he published Osteopathic Athletic Health Care: Principles and Practice. Walter began lecturing at the British School of Osteopathy in 1987 in osteopathic manipulation moving into paediatrics at the school where he is now. Walter lectures internationally for the Osteopathie Schule Deutschland, Hamburg, Germany and Panta Rhei, Kapelle, Netherlands in philosophy, sports medicine, history of osteopathy, paediatrics and psychology. In 2001 he published Osteopathic Medicine: Philosophy, Principles and Practice and in 2002 Pilates. Chapter contributions include: Morphodynamik in der Osteopathie, herausgegeben, 2006, Theorien osteoathischen Denkens und Handelns, 2008 and ABC Spinal Disorders, 2010.

Walter's professional interests include: Philosophy of nineteenth century North America (pragmatism, transcendentalism), the works of Goethe, Schiller, Hegel, Spencer, and Wallace to name but a few. The problem of wholeness in clinical medicine. Trained radio presenter and member of British Equity actor's association. Personal interests include: Lee family style Feng Shou Chuan and Tai Chi Chuan, films and seeing his mates in the pub.

He practices in Alexandra Palace, North London and has two boys Maximillian and Oskar who are very popular where they live in Weimar, Germany.

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