Andrew Taylor Still, the Father of Osteopathic Medicine
Osteopathy is the oldest form of manual medicine born in North America. Osteopathy was developed in 1874 by a doctor named Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917). He was a son of a preacher man and a great supporter of the thoughts of Hippocrates. He was not satisfied with the medicine of his time because of its use of brutal and ineffective medicines such as quicksilver and arsenic. He lost three children for a serious spinal meningitis. His first wife died of labour complications and the first child of his second wife to pneumonia. Being unable to save his own family Still decided to find new and more effective treatments.
In year 1917 A.T. Still's student John Martin Littlejohn founded Europe's first school of osteopathy, the British School of Osteopathy (BSO), to London. Later have tens of schools been founded in England and throughout the Europe.
John Martin Littlejohn and Andrew Taylor Still
First Finnish osteopaths graduated from London in 1980's. At the Helsinki Polytechnic the education began in the year 2000.