Sunday, 9 April 2017

History of Osteopathy (page update)

On my recently updated History of Osteopathy page, I discuss the origins of Osteopathy and manual medicine, and the development of Osteopathy, beginning with its founder Andrew Taylor Still (1828 - 1917) and the origin of Osteopathy in America.

However, it was the arrival of John Martin Littlejohn, who studied with Still, and was then made Dean of the American School of Osteopathy, where he taught physiology. (Andrew Still's emphasis was more on anatomy) that was perhaps the most significant event in the history of Osteopathy, after the original work of Andrew Still.  Later, in 1913 Littlejohn returned to the UK, where he founded the British School of Osteopathy.  (Littlejohn was Dean of the BSO, where he taught Osteopathy continuously from 1915-1939).

On my History of Osteopathy page I then discuss how the curriculum of the British School of Osteopathy later changed, and how later, there developed modern variations of Osteopathy (such as Cranial Osteopathy and Visceral Osteopathy).

For more on this, you might like to read the History of Osteopathy page: