Osteopathy Books

Craniosacral Therapy is indirectly derived from the medical profession of Osteopathy. This page provides selected readings for students to deepen their understanding of the origins and implications of the larger field. Of particular interest are works by Sutherland (considered by many to be the founder of the cranial concept), Becker (Sutherland’s protege), and Fulford (legendary practitioner celebrated by Andrew Weil, MD).

Teachings in the Science of OsteopathyTeachings in the Science of Osteopathy
by William G. Sutherland, DO

The main textbook by the originator of the cranial concept.
Contributions of ThoughtContributions of Thought
by William G. Sutherland, DO

Shows the progression of Sutherland's ideas over a span 50 years, via articles and lectures.
With Thinking Fingers: The Story of William Garner SutherlandWith Thinking Fingers: The Story of William Garner Sutherland
by Ada Sutherland

Sutherland's wife's reflections, written in a sweetly quaint Victorian style.
The Cranial BowlThe Cranial Bowl
by William G. Sutherland, DO

Detailed description of cranial bones and sutures, including relationships and implications.
Are We On the Path?Are We On the Path?
by Robert Fulford, DO

Continues the posthumous collection and publication of Fulford's wide-ranging personal notes.
Dr. Fulford's Touch of Life: Aligning Body, Mind, & SpiritDr. Fulford's Touch of Life: Aligning Body, Mind, & Spirit
by Robert Fulford, DO

First introduction to Fulford's philosophy and approach.
Robert Fulford, D.O. and the Philosopher PhysicianRobert Fulford, D.O. and the Philosopher Physician
by Zachary Comeaux

Contains many Polarity references and insights in addition to descriptions of Fulford’s eclectic approach.
Interface: Mechanisms of Spirit in OsteopathyInterface: Mechanisms of Spirit in Osteopathy
by Paul Lee, D.O.

Required in the Craniosacral Program

Summarizes the esoteric origins of Osteopathy, including a biography of its founder, A. T. Still
Cranial OsteopathyCranial Osteopathy
by Torsten Liem, DO

Encyclopedic summary of the whole of Cranial Osteopathy, profusely illustrated. Includes an insightful chapter on the Biodynamic approach as distinguished from the main ("Biomechanical") themes in Osteopathy.
Stillness of LifeStillness of Life
by Rollin E. Becker, DO
Stillness Press, 1998

The private correspondence of Sutherland's protege. Insightful and revealing insider’s view of development of ideas.
Life in MotionLife in Motion
by Rollin E. Becker, DO

Becker’s public writings and speeches, provides a useful contrast to ‘The Stillness of Life’ and shows how Becker sought to find wording to capture his experiences with patients.
Trauma: An Osteopathic ApproachTrauma: An Osteopathic Approach
by Jean-Pierre Barral, DO

Only thorough linkage of symptoms and Osteopathy's lesion locations.

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