Osteopathy Investigated 2017: Timetable

Friday 23 June

Time Contents
08:50 - 09:00 Welcome
09:00 - 10:30 Jason Haxton
10:30 - 11:00 pause
11:00 - 12:30 Q and A Jason Haxton
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Larisa Lasovetskaya
15:30 - 16:00 pause
16:00 - 17:30 Q and A Larisa Lasovetskaya

Saturday 24 June

Time Contents
09:00 - 10:30 Jamie Archer
10:30 - 11:00 pause
11:00 - 12:30 Q and A Jamie Archer
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Alain Abehsera
15:30 - 16:00 pause
16:00 - 17:30 Q and A Alain Abehsera
18:30 Saturday evening program:
'Osteopathically Speaking' an informal discussion with Carol Trowbridge

Sunday 25 June

Time Contents
09:00 - 10:30 Tom Quinn
10:30 - 11:00 pause
11:00 - 12:30 Q and A Tom Quinn
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 Q and A all speakers
14:45 - 15:00 pause
15:00 - 16:00 Documentary 'The Feminine Touch' and exhibition Museum of Osteopathic Medicine
16:00 End.
Alain Abehsera - The Inner Osteopathic Physician

In stark contrast with its beautiful and universal principles, we have to admit that osteopathy deals with a very small portion of human pathology. The author will suggest the main reason for these limits : an osteopath cannot force health from the outside.


Indeed, all pathologies have a purpose, served and maintained by a homeostasis as strong as the one that keeps us in good health. Resorting to Still’s principles, we may postulate that only our ‘interior osteopath’ can reach and modify those highly intimate mechanisms.

Jamie Archer - Manipulative Methods of Dr A.T. Still

There are lots of questions regarding Dr Still’s technique such as what did he actually do to his patients, how did he learn how to do it and how did he make it so effective?


In this lecture, Jamie will discuss these questions and others. He will begin by looking at Dr Still’s likely influences at the time regarding hands-on manipulation and will follow by demonstrating applied methods used and described by the old doctor.

Jason Haxton - “A.T. Still Discovered Osteopathy – But William “Bill” Smith, MD, DO Discovered Dr. Still”

Who was “Bill”?
Although Dr. Andrew Taylor Still’s superior knowledge in anatomy from years of life studies lead to the development of manipulative medicine to treat a wide range of health issues, his limited formal medical education and isolated location in rural America caused many professionals and doctors to be skeptical of his discovery and work.


That skepticism included Dr. William Smith, MD, DO, who had great doubts about the miraculous (,) cures he heard Dr. A.T. Still accomplished. Dr. Smith had every intention to debunk A.T. Still as a fraud. But after meeting Dr. Still – he became his greatest advocate!

Larisa Lasovetskaya - A.T. Still discovered osteopathy… Does it mean that he discovered a simple ability of manual correction of a somatic dysfunction?

He discovered principles of keeping health by way of the body, and principles of restoration of this health by way of the body itself, where an osteopath and a patient play the roles of partners possessing equal rights.


Still didn’t teach his techniques; he taught the principles only and made a demand for knowledge of anatomy.

Tom Quinn - 'The Feminine Touch’ Women in Osteopathic Medicine.

In 1892 Andrew Taylor Still did the unimaginable when he accepted women and men equally in his newly opened American School of Osteopathy.


Thomas Quinn showcases some of the valiant women who rose above adversity to become osteopathic doctors in those early years.

Osteopathy Investigated 2017: A.T. Still’s Principles and Technique

In the Preface of the ‘Philosophy of Osteopathy’ A.T. Still wrote: “It is my object in this work to teach principles as I understand them and not rules. I do not instruct the student to punch or pull a certain bone, nerve or muscle for a certain disease, but by a knowledge of the normal and abnormal, I hope to give a specific knowledge for all diseases.”


From this point of view one could conclude that nowadays principles, rather than techniques, are taught in the osteopathic schools, but the opposite is true. Out of this contradiction a lot of questions could arise, such as: Did A.T. Still teach technique? If he did, which technique? What principles did he meant? How are they taught? These and other relevant questions will be presented and discussed by the speakers during Osteopathy Investigated 2017.