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Robert Fulford and the Philosopher Physician

Normally blogs are about recent events or happenings or thoughts on a particular subject – this one is a little different because it reprints comments from  the Publisher’s website – Eastland Press.

This book is worth a mention as it is a book written for osteopaths or Craniosacral therapists or indeed any therapist for that matter who wish to look at a model of Therapist who has expanded their boundaries of treatment on offer through training and personal growth. One of the questions a practicing Craniosacral Therapist may ask is why would I wish to explore other modalities that integrate with the work that I do. This book details how one man has done this and some of the reasons why.

Fulford sets the example for all of us in the healing professions by expanding his own horizons and this being detailed by Zachary Comeaux. This book is for experience therapists who may be looking for examples. It certainly is one of the best reads I have had on a biography of a great therapist and healer. For a practising Craniosacral Therapist it is a must read!

Robert Fulford and the Philosopher Physician . – by Zachary Comeaux .

 Robert Fulford, D.O. (1905-1997) was an important, if enigmatic, figure in late twentieth-century osteopathy. Trained at the Kansas City School of Osteopathy and Surgery (class of 1941), he was a strong believer in the “triune” nature of man—physical, mental, and spiritual—and the importance of diagnosing and treating the whole person, not just the physical symptoms.

Dr. Fulford’s career was a testament to this ideal, what A.T. Still called the philosopher physician. In the mid-1940s he studied cranial osteopathy with William Garner Sutherland and became a lifelong member (and one-time president) of The Cranial Academy. During the course of a practice that spanned six decades he explored a wide spectrum of scientific and philosophical ideas about the basis and mechanics of life. Nothing was off limits—field theory, Aryuvedic medicine, biomagnetics, psychological and subtle energy medicine, crystals. Always he followed Sutherland’s advice to “dig on,” integrating whatever was useful into the practice of what he termed “twenty-first century medicine.”

Robert Fulford, D.O. and the Philosopher Physician is both an intellectual biography and a practical introduction to Dr. Fulford’s methods of diagnosis and treatment. In addition to tracing the principal figures and ideas that influenced his thought, there are sample protocols of Fulford’s history-taking, physical examination and general treatments, and exercises for learning to discern the human energy field (“etheric body”) and treating with “intention.”


“This book is a scholarly but readable treatise designed to advise and inform. It rings true. I recognize much in the book of the gentle but enquiring man that I knew. There is no attempt to mystify or deify Fulford. On the contrary, Zach Comeaux has concentrated on the philosophy rather than the personality. He explains the concepts clearly, picks up loose ends and appears genuinely to want to pass on to us everything he knows. True to the example of Dr. Fulford himself, this is a faithful attempt to share with his colleagues the osteopathic insights that Zach Comeaux derived from the privilege of working so closely with this unique and enigmatic master of osteopathy.”
Nicholas Handoll, The Osteopath

“An interesting read for fans of osteopathy, its history, and its leading lights. It is a worthy tribute to the spirit of a man whose inquiring mind led him down wildly diverging paths in his endeavor to understand and treat the whole person.”
Structural Integration