Interface: Mechanisms of Spirit in Osteopathy

R. Paul Lee, D.O.

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At the core of Dr. A. T. Still’s 19th-century osteopathic philosophy is the understanding that the living being is an inseparable unit comprising body, mind, and spirit. Interface illuminates this feature of Still’s philosophy and further clarifies his ideas using those of other great thinkers from ancient and modern times. The book then synthesizes current scientific understanding to explain the mechanisms by which body, mind, and spirit interconnect, forming a model for osteopathy’s approach to healing.

Hardcover, 300 pp, $38.00

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD (by Anthony G. Chila, DO)


CHAPTER ONE – The Man and His Philosophy

  1. Osteopathy’s Modern Definition and Still’s Definition
  2. Looking Deeper at Osteopathy
  3. Summary

CHAPTER TWO – Elucidating A. T. Still

  1. Early Definition of Osteopathy
  2. Other Authors and Paradigms
  3. Summary of Mind, Matter, and Motion
  4. Still’s Clairvoyance and Spiritualism
  5. Spirit Invests Material
  6. Synthesis and Looking Ahead

CHAPTER THREE – Explorations into the Life Force

  1. Reference to the Life Force in Osteopathic Texts
  2. The Story of Will Sutherland
  3. Recapitulation and Looking Ahead


  1. Introduction
  2. Summary of Still’s Philosophy
  3. Water: Representative of Spirit
  4. Connective Tissue: Representative of Matter
  5. Interface: Form and Motion

CHAPTER FIVE – Interface: An Osteopathic Perspective.


Interface is a wide-ranging and highly engaging exploration of both the historical roots and the modern science underlying some of the most important ideas in therapeutics. In it, Lee describes the origin of form, the blueprint of the body, in a manner that is both scientific and poetic. Those who use their hands to nurture their fellow beings will find on these pages precious insights, validation, and inspiration.
— James Oschman, PhD
 Author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis

Paul Lee has undertaken the daunting task of using the last century’s advances in knowledge to elucidate the visionary contributions of osteopathy’s founder to the practice of medicine. All will appreciate his effort to bring a better level of scientific understanding to bear on the cognitive and experiential aspects of both osteopathic theory and practice.
— Anthony G. Chila, DO, FAAO 
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Reading this text is a wonderful journey into the depth and spirit of osteopathy. It is exciting and reawakens the reader to the beauty of wholeness. Dr. Lee has pulled back a veil that has hidden the essence of osteopathy for nearly a century.
— James S. Jealous, DO

Paul Lee reviews the philosophy of osteopathy in the light of modern knowledge, rediscovering something that was lost in 20th—century interpretations, that is, the significance of spirit and the interface of spirit with the body. Interface enhances and broadens our comprehension of osteopathic philosophy. This is the groundswell of 21st century osteopathy.
— Nicholas Handoll, DO, MSCC, Author of Anatomy of Potency

Paul Lee has produced what will certainly become a classic of osteopathic literature. He has pondered and imbibed the heart of Andrew Taylor Still’s teaching.
— Harold D. Goodman, DO