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Osteopathic Medicine: Philosophy, Principles and Practice

Osteopathic Medicine: Philosophy, Principles and Practice

Walter Llewellyn McKone

ISBN: 978-0-632-05263-9

Mar 2001, Wiley-Blackwell

276 pages

Select type: Paperback

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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 that 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.

Walter Llewellyn McKone is an author, lecturer and practitioner in osteopathic medicine. This includes the osteopathic areas of health care, sports medicine, manipulative medicine and child care at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (US), American Academy of Psychology, Scientific and Medical Network (UK), Geologists' Association (UK) and is a researcher in Goethian centred medicine.

Key features:




Origins and Development.


Dr Still, the Metaphysician.

Form and Function.


The Nervous System.

The Immune/neuroendocrine Somatic System.

The Myofascioskeletal System.

The Concept of Body Unity and Diversity.


Health and Disease.




“This is a very interesting book that provokes thought and gives depth to practising osteopathy….well worth a read.”
* The first book to demonstrate and distinguish between what is and is not osteopathic
* Takes an organic and humanistic approach, fundamental to osteopathy
* An essential resource for anyone training, practicing 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