A book of interviews and photoportraits

​The philosophy, the spirit and the art of osteopathy
175 pages of interviews, 110 photoportraits

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​To create this book of interviews and photographic portraits, we have had the pleasure of meeting 27 world-renown osteopaths of British, Canadian, American and French origins.

They are all recognized for their personal contribution to the profession : they have imported osteopathy into their respective countries; they have either created or led the schools. They invented techniques or treatment methodologies, and have written major works. And of course, they have taught in a number of countries, also, they have probably taught in your schools or at your osteopathy symposiums. You likely know them, and you have surely appreciated them.

Their common characteristic is that they have been invited to or teach at the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal (CEOM), which is why we have had the opportunity and the good fortune to meet them: as an osteopath and the editor of this book, I attended this very institution. But of course, this is a non-exhaustive list of great osteopaths! And for this, we apologize in advance. But how could we have done otherwise? May those who have not made the list not feel excluded; we completed this work with the limited resources available to us. Perhaps they will show up in a forthcoming volume!

We asked them questions that captivated us and their answers rose to the occasion: surprising, eloquent and sometimes moving. They spoke to us about themselves, their hopes, their approaches – both osteopathic and human – their lives as men and women of this earth and we were more than charmed. We were enlightened by what they had to say.

Reuben Bell (USA) Paul Chauffour (Fr) Zachary Comeaux (USA)
Bernard Darraillans (Fr) Philippe Druelle (Fr & Qc) Bruno Ducoux (Fr)
Colin Dove (GB) Denyse Dufresne (Qc) Geneviève Forget (Qc)
Christian Fossum (USA) Jean-Michel Gallat (Fr) Nicholas Handoll (GB)
Hollis King (USA) Denise Laberge (Qc) Gerald Lamb (GB)
R. Paul Lee (USA) Brad McCutcheon (Ont) Fred L. Mitchell, Jr. (USA)
Renzo Molinari (Fr) Serge Paoletti (Fr) Michael Patterson (USA)
Steve Paulus (USA) Caroline Penn (GB) Eric Prat (Fr)
Robert Rousse (Fr & Qc) Jean-Guy Sicotte (Qc) Clive Standen (GB)


​They are 27 osteopaths that expressed themselves and gave their best.

They described their encounter with osteopathy. Vocation or coincidence?
They told us that which they find the most marvellous in osteopathy. So much beauty!
They told us a significant anecdote for them and for osteopathy. Emotions, hopes and passions. ​
They were given the freedom to tell us what matters the most for them: advice, guiding principles for the preservation of osteopathy.
A great source of inspiration, personal and professional.
They have passed on a heritage: the authenticity of the purest osteopathic tradition. The Art of osteopathy.

A portrait of osteopathy’s current reality emerges from this mosaic of portraits.
And of course, its clinical philosophy, its original spirit as described by its founder,
Andrew Taylor Still, D.O.

Thank you to all of these osteopaths to have shared with such generosity.
It is up to us to take up the torch and preserve the flame of osteopathy!

« Keep it pure, boys! » A.T. Still


​« The most marvellous thing about osteopathy is that there is always hope! I myself tell all my patients: “There is no desperate cause, there are only patients who arrive desperate and to whom we can give hope.” »

Jean-Guy Sicotte (Qc)

​« What is incredible in our profession is that thanks to our knowledge and the skill of our two hands, we are able to treat someone, without any outside assistance, and this, wherever and without even understanding the language of the person treated. »

Serge Paoletti (Fr)

​« Osteopathy is not a system of manoeuvres, neither is it just a cure for backache. It can change your life. It can open your experience to aspects of life and existence that you might never otherwise realise are there. »

Nicholas Handoll (GB)

« The only thing I would like to leave behind from my humble life is witnessing. Witnessing and I hope the memory of a being that always sought to love. »

Bernard Darraillans (Fr)

​« After I felt the release, and as soon as I took my hands off his head, he jumped up off the table and exclaimed, “The pain is gone!” I was astonished. »

Fred L. Mitchell, Jr (USA)

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