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The Stillness of Life: The Osteopathic Philosophy of Rollin E. Becker, D.O.

This second volume of Dr. Becker's work contains some of his more private communication and thoughts on osteopathic philosophy and practice, and serves as a companion to Life in Motion. This book includes his attempts to put into words the energetic and spiritual aspects of his understanding.

Hardcover, 270 pp, $40.00

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Table of Contents:

Preface

Introduction

1. ANN ARBOR SEMINAR (1979)

Wide-ranging discussion of osteopathy, the nature of disease, the role and responsibility of the physician, and Dr. Becker’s approach to treatment. Included are discussions of: imprints from disease and trauma, relating to health and not problems, the Silent Partner, the process of surrender, personal attainment, teaching, the large tide, fulcrums, the locked sacrum, and frozen shoulders.

2. USING THE STILLNESS: Recorded Conversation with Anne L. Wales, D.O. (1970’s)

Discussion of the use of stillness in a treatment program, stillness as the motive force for securing changes, and the awareness of stillness with the mind and with the hands.

3. A CONCEPT FOR HEALTH, TRAUMA, AND DISEASE and RHYTHMIC BALANCED INTERCHANGE TECHNIQUE (1975)

Discussion of the stillness of life and of time, space, and movement as manifestations of life in health as well as in trauma or disease. The concepts of rhythmic balanced interchange, potency, fulcrums, and working with body physiology. A step-by-step description of using rhythmic balanced interchange technique (RBIT) in a treatment program. RBIT as a means to evaluate the state of patients and their response to treatment. Clinical applications.

4. WHAT DO YOU DO? Question and Answer Panel (1988)

Describes being guided by the mechanism and using an assessment of the health mechanism. Water bug analogy. Putting the mechanism to work. Protecting yourself.

5. KNOWING TO TREATING (1967)

Knowing-to-treating as the ideal direction of flow in osteopathy. Encouragement to look beyond osseous lesions and the mere mobilization of lesions. The osteopathic lesion as an effect and the time factor in diagnosis. Physical, emotional, and mental etiologies of osteopathic lesions. Nervous system response to trauma. Role of the operator.

6. THE SILENT POINT: Recorded Conversation with Donald Becker, M.D. (1962)

The difficulty of finding words to describe potency.

7. THE PRIMARY RESPIRATORY MECHANISM: Recorded Conversation with Donald Becker, M.D. (1962)

Encouragement to visualize normal function, specifically the mechanism in the newborn. Discussion of the Breath of Life. Relationship between cranial bone and membranous mobility. The manifestation of this mechanism in the extremities with its compensatory patterns and its use in diagnosis.

8. A DIAGNOSTIC CHALLENGE: Recorded Conversation with Donald Becker, M.D. (1962)

A brief description of the diagnostic reasoning in a case of possible glioma.

9. A POINT OF REFERENCE: Recorded Conversation with Ted Rankin, M.D. (1962)

A conversation attempting to describe and understand a "point of stillness" in trauma or disease conditions. Dr. Becker dismisses the possible role of fasciculations. The role of nerve nutrients is discussed. Description of a point of reference from which a total pattern can be seen and affected. Trapped energy within trauma and three types of palpable movement. Approach to treatment.

10. ACUTE AND CHRONIC RESPONSE TO TRAUMA: Recorded Conversation with Donald Becker, M.D. (1966)

Discussion of the effects of whiplash on the meninges and how this can lead subacutely to nerve root symptoms. The role of nutritional deficiencies in this pathology. Discussion of the chronic results from trauma, the potential for change, and an approach to treatment.

11. TRAUMA CASES AND THE POWER SOURCE: Recorded Conversation with Donald Becker, M.D. (1967)

Dr. Becker’s son encouraging him to express himself freely despite the lack of a receptive audience. Discussion of two trauma cases, one with a prominent vector of force and the other with fibrotic changes. Description of a power source or energy field as a cloud above one’s head available to assist in the palpatory experience.

12. LEVELS OF PALPATION: Recorded Conversation with Donald Becker, M.D. (1967)

Comparison of the concept of structure-function with that of function-structure. Suggestions for the development of palpatory skills using the total upper extremity, the proprioceptive sense, and a fulcrum.

13. CORRESPONDENCE: WILLIAM G. SUTHERLAND, D.O. (1949-54)

Includes a letter to Dr. Becker from his mother.

14. CORRESPONDENCE: ANNE L. WALES, D.O. (1956-87)

15. CORRESPONDENCE: COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS (1955-86)

16. STORIES OF DR. BECKER

Stories that shed light on Dr. Sutherland’s use of the statements "If you understand the mechanism..." and "behind the curtain." Also an example of Dr. Becker’s personal approach to living.

17. SELF-TREATMENT APPROACHES

A treatment for chronic sinusitis and the use of "I Am In Silence" as a therapeutic tool.

18. REFLECTIONS AND INSIGHTS

A collection of short pieces written by Dr. Becker expressing his thoughts and ideas.

19. GUIDING THOUGHTS

Quotations from others who influenced Dr. Becker, covering the topics of osteopathy, medicine, science, nature, spirituality, and guidance for living.

Bibliography

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