Forgotten Treasures

de omgeving waarin A.T. Still leefde en werkte

Met osteopathie zieke mensen ondersteunen in het herwinnen van hun gezondheid

De seminaries van “Forgotten Treasures of Osteopathy” schetsen een kader om de oorsprong van de osteopathie te begrijpen. Tevens bieden ze de praktische benaderingen aan, gehanteerd door Sutherland om zieke mensen te behandelen; lang voordat hij zich sterk op de schedel focuste.

Filosofie achter deze cursus

Om een meer volledige waardering te krijgen van het potentieel dat binnen de osteopathische praktijk ligt, helpt het om eerst ons zelf vertrouwd te maken met de omgeving waarin A.T. Still leefde en werkte. Als gevolg van deze levendige ervaring, wijdde hij zijn leven grotendeels aan het ontdekken en ontwikkelen van de osteopathie. Het is hierbij opmerkelijk vast te stellen dat zijn oorspronkelijke bedoeling met osteopathie erin bestond zieke mensen te ondersteunen in het herwinnen van hun gezondheid. Een gegeven waarvan menig osteopaat zich heden te dage schijnbaar verwijderd heeft. De eerste osteopaten waren niet gefocust op pijn en letsels, zoals wij dat nu zijn, maar eerder gericht op het ondersteunen van zieken. De seminaries van “Forgotten Treasures of Osteopathy” schetsen een kader om de oorsprong van de osteopathie te begrijpen. Tevens bieden ze de praktische benaderingen aan, gehanteerd door Sutherland om zieke mensen te behandelen; lang voordat hij zich sterk op de schedel focuste.

Het eerste seminarie, “The origins of Osteopathy”, onthult dat osteopathie zich niet in een vacuüm ontwikkelde. Maar veeleer dat de omgevingsomstandigheden voorafgaand aan en tijdens Still’s tijdperk hem geholpen hebben zijn ideeën te formuleren wat uiteindelijk geleid heeft tot zijn ontwikkeling van de osteopathie. Op zijn beurt werd Still ‘s manier van onderwijzen een deel van de omgeving waardoor andere osteopaten van de eerste generatie beïnvloed werden in de bijdragen die zij geleverd hebben; osteopaten zoals bijvoorbeeld Sutherland en Littlejohn. Tijdens het seminarie zal worden aangetoond dat 1900 – het jaar waarin Sutherland en Littlejohn afstudeerden – het einde was van een prachtige periode van de osteopathie. In de erop volgende decennia, hebben een aantal factoren geleid tot de verwatering van Still’s osteopathie en een permanente opsplitsing in een de osteopathische manuele praktijk enerzijds en de osteopathische geneeskunde anderzijds.

Het tweede seminarie, “Before the PRM: Sutherland’s Early Approaches to Patient Care”, onthult hoe Sutherland, zowel door Still als Littlejohn opgeleid, een duidelijk omschreven spoor achterliet m.b.t. zijn manier voor het behandelen van de zieke patiënt. Hij deed dit decennia lang vooraleer hij het concept van het PRM introduceerde! Aan de hand van recentelijk ontdekte correspondenties zullen we Sutherland’s originele inzicht en technieken bespreken en toepassen met betrekking tot de zieke patiënt. Enkele van zijn originele benaderingen zijn onherkenbaar veranderd of grotendeels vergeten, en velen bestaan niet meer in de huidige curricula van de osteopathische opleiding. Echter, aan de hand van deze cursus, wordt aangetoond dat zijn benaderingen gemakkelijk toegankelijk blijven en behoorlijk eenvoudig om te zetten zijn. Vooropgesteld dat we dit doen zoals de “Old doctor” ons heeft ertoe heeft aangemoedigd met de woorden: “Dig on”.

Cursus informatie

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  • Lengte Seminarie 1: 3 dagen Seminarie 2: 4 dagen
  • Accreditatie punten (NRO) pending
  • Accreditatie punten (ACPVO) pending
  • Accreditatie punten (VOD) 10 punten per dag
  • Maximaal aantal deelnemers: 32 deelnemers
  • Cursusdagen: (donderdag) / vrijdag / zaterdag / zondag
  • Tijden cursus 09:00 - 18:00 (laatste dag 15:30)

Docent

Jane Eliza Stark, MS, D.O.M.P.

Inhoud van de cursus


  • Seminar 1: The origins of Osteopathy

Three of the most important figures in the history of osteopathy are Andrew Taylor Still, John Martin Littlejohn, and William Garner Sutherland. Jane Stark has spent the last decade compiling the life stories of each of these historical figures. Her research has been conducted in libraries, museums, and historical societies in both the UK and the US, including Boston, Chicago, London, and Glasgow, as well as countless small towns, the most important being Kirksville, Missouri. The biographies of these legendary osteopaths provide the context for understanding their work. The “old doc” (Still) left us his legacy of osteopathy; the “old dean” (Littlejohn) helped to keep osteopathy pure, or free of overdependence on pharmaceutical agents; and the “old timer” (Sutherland) introduced a more refined level of palpation through cranial osteopathy.

The circumstances leading to the culmination of the osteopathic idea of Andrew Taylor Still will be examined from a multitude of political, economic, social, and educational perspecitves. Of interest will be the fact that the only place in the world where osteopathy could have been born was in Kirksville, Missouri. The reason for this is this statement will be well explain in the program.

This seminar offers in-depth and entertaining oral and pictorial perspectives on the life histories and professional contributions of Still, Littlejohn, and Sutherland. For about 18 months between 1898 and 1900 their three paths crossed at the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville. That period and the five years preceding it remain the most important years in the history of osteopathy. This seminar will reveal that much of the knowledge and skill from that era—when osteopaths predominantly treated critically ill patients—may have been lost, perhaps forever. The seminar will also help participants realize that osteopathic philosophy is not yet fully developed.

Topics covered
The main topics covered in the seminar include the following:

  • Using historical method to distinguish an historical fact from a probability or possibility.
  • History of the environment in the US leading up to Still’s discovery of Osteopathy
  • Recognizing the leading osteopathic historians and history resources.
  • Essentials of studying systems in the context of their environments.
  • Biographies of Still, Littlejohn, and Sutherland.
  • Still’s writings and development of osteopathy as they relate to national issues of his time, including several wars fought in the US, slavery, Andrew Carnegie, the Industrial
  • Revolution, the railroad expansion, the Indian Relocation Act, the Missouri Compromise, poetry, spiritualism, and much more.
  • The influence of medicine and medical therapeutics on Still’s development of osteopathy, including heroic medicine, magnetic healing, massage, bone setting, and medical democracy.
  • Still’s practical approach with respect to bones, organs, mesenteries, fluids, fascia, and nerves.
  • The influential friends that kept Still in Kirksville.
  • The history of the American School of Osteopathy from its 1892 inception until 1900.
  • The growth and waning of osteopathy’s popularity in Kirksville.
  • The Flexner Report
  • The competition among schools of osteopathy that led to DO/MD training equivalency.
  • The political battles between orthodox medicine and osteopathy and between the two osteopathic factions, broad-based and lesion-based osteopaths.
  • The California Merger.
  • The proper chronology of osteopathy’s and chiropractic’s founding.
  • The deeper meaning behind the phrase, find it, fix it, and leave it alone.
  • The meaning of Still’s Triune Nature of Man
  • Still’s relationship to Nature
  • The history of osteopathic principles.
  • Thoughts on osteopathic philosophy.


  • Seminar 2: Before the PRM: Sutherland’s early Approach to Patient Care

This course emphasizes the historical relevance and clinical usefulness of the treatment approaches of William Garner Sutherland, DO. Sutherland is best known for his development of cranial osteopathy, which he considered to be a natural progression of A.T. Still’s original osteopathic concepts. Following his 1900 graduation from the American School of Osteopathy, Sutherland was instrumental in keeping Still’s full-body manual approach alive throughout his 54 years of practice and teaching. As his career progressed, he gradually incorporated more and more of the cranial approach into his work.

Sutherland’s biography and work must be placed within the context of his era—the United States in the first half of the 1900s. This course focuses on the period prior to his 1939 authorship of The Cranial Bowl, which set his career in a more cranial direction. Throughout the influenza pandemic of 1918, Sutherland treated cases of influenza and other debilitating, life-threatening illnesses using techniques that originated with Still or that he modified or developed himself. Much of Sutherland’s work during this period is little known today but will be the focus of this course.

Techniques demonstrated in the course will include those Sutherland used for a state of the body he dubbed “anterior tensity.” This state is associated with a number of serious illnesses and conditions. Also to be examined are Sutherland’s mechanical approaches to the ribs, pelvis, diaphragm, and, of course, the base of the cranium, the vault, and the face.

Several of Sutherland’s early faculty members, including Anne Wales, Viola Frymann, Thomas Schooley, and Harold Magoun Jr.—all of whom are now deceased—have, through hand-to-hand contact, directly influenced Jane Stark’s approach to Sutherland’s methods of treatment.


  • Schedule

Day 1

  • am — Biography of William Garner Sutherland; Theory with a colourful presentation with more than 150 rarely seen photographs related to Sutherland.
  • pm — Significance of Sutherland’s biography and philosophy; Theory; Review of how his environment influenced his thoughts and writing, which is key to understanding him.

Day 2

  • am — Types of patients seen by Sutherland; Medical theory; Review of the Great Pandemic; Mindset and healing approaches in the United States during the first half of the 20th century.
  • pm — Overview of Sutherland’s concept of “anterior tensity” and how it affects the physiology of the body; Approaches are demonstrated and practiced.
  • pm — Techniques for anterior tensity; Practice; Continuation of anterior tensity approaches.

Day 3

  • am — Sutherland’s early approaches to the ribs are demonstrated and practiced.
  • pm — Sutherland’s early descriptions of his cervical and cranial approaches are demonstrated and practiced.

Day 4

  • am — Cranial approaches are continued; Demonstration and practice.