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This book is an adventurous foray into the subtle aspects of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, the ‘energetic’ dimension in relation to the Lesion, the patient/practitioner exchange and touch; the clinical ‘art’ and the alchemy of practice. The role of visualisation and intention; the mind/matter dichotomy; the evolving view of osteopathy in relation to its proud legacy, and its often troubled place within the medical world. The vital balance between tradition and innovation and the enduring importance of our fundamental principles. Much of this book is relevant to other healthcare practices and might have appeal for other health professionals who also share some interest in osteopathy.


Author’s note



The enduring truths defining osteopathy

From ether to consciousness: the energetics of the lesion

‘Reality’, uncertainty and alchemy in practice / Osteopaths’ ‘structure and function’: what are they really? A matrix of function

Mind: intention, visualisation and projection; the clinical art / Coherence is all: patterns and holograms and broadening the concept of holism

The ‘osteopathic lesion’, then and now

‘Psychosomatic’: are psyche and soma so different? Returning the mind to the body where it ‘resides’

‘Hearing’ the patient, brokering health

Square pegs in round holes: the folly of misguided scrutiny

Survival: a bold future … ?

Additional information

Format Hardback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-912085-87-3
Edition no 1
Pages 100
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 28 January 2020

Author biography

Robert Lever BA DO is a highly-skilled and well-respected practising osteopath with over 40 years’ of experience in providing holistic and compassionate care. He is also a gifted and empathetic teacher who strives to share with his students the understanding of the background science and philosophy of osteopathy which is essential for the effective delivery of care. For over 35 years he lectured on the Principles of Osteopathic Practice at European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone, UK which later awarded him its Medal of Honour for services to osteopathic education.

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