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About Leon - Leon Chaitow

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Leon Chaitow’s (1937-2018) website remains a rich resource and will continue to be maintained and updated by his daughter Dr Sasha Chaitow, who now manages his legacy. Whether this is your first, or a return, visit – please take your time to explore the various sections and discover the broad body of work that is Leon Chaitow’s legacy.

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This website includes pages devoted to more detail of each of Leon Chaitow’s books, or links from where they can be purchased in dollars or in sterling. As you navigate the site you will see that books have been grouped into the following categories, viewable through the dedicated Bookshop pages:

  • New / current editions of textbooks
  • Earlier editions of textbooks that are still available
  • General health titles suitable for the layperson
  • Classical books (still in print for over 30 years)
  • Out of print titles that are still available – used and unused
  • Books by Leon Chaitow’s wife Alkmini Chaitow

 There is also a section featuring downloadable e-books where some chapters are freely downloadable as pdfs, as well as the entire book being available for purchase at a reduced price compared with the print version available on Amazon and other sites. 

 In addition the site includes the following features:

 Please use the Contact Page to send any ideas you may have for improving the content of the site. Please note that this email will reach the webmistress, who cannot provide individual advice, or answer questions regarding health care.

The purpose of the site is to promote health information and education, but not to provide specific advice, which can only be responsibly offered in a traditional setting, where a health care provider is able to fully evaluate an individual’s history and current condition.

Mission & Vision

The purpose of this website is not only to preserve, promote, and protect Leon Chaitow’s legacy, but also to continue developing aspects of the principles by which he lived and worked. He dedicated his life’s work to synthesis, integration, and building bridges between researchers and clinicians, as well as between the manual therapy professions. Through her own educational, writing, and editing ventures, Dr Sasha Chaitow now undertakes this work, integrating it with her existing professional endeavours.   

Please note that no part of this website or of any of Leon Chaitow’s work may be used without the express written permission of the copyright holder, whether that is one of his publishers, or in the case of out of print material, his estate. 

 

Leon Chaitow

 

Sasha Chaitow

 

 

Leon Chaitow ND, DO graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1960. Since 1983 he had been a visiting lecturer at numerous chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathic, naturopathic and massage schools in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia.

He was the first naturopath/osteopath appointed as a consultant by the UK government to a medical practice. For 11 years he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster.

He is author/editor of over 70 books and founding Editor-in-Chief of peer-reviewed & Medline indexed Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (Elsevier).

He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University in November 2005 for “Services to Complementary and Osteopathic Medicine”.

Until the end of 2017 he continued to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focused on his writing and enjoyed his garden with his adored wife of 47 years, Alkmini.

Leon passed away at home after several months of failing health on 20 September 2018.

Statement of clarification:

In the USA the qualification ‘D.O.’ indicates that the holder is an osteopathic physician. In the UK the legally protected title ‘osteopath’, signified by the letters D.O., does not have the same meaning. Leon Chaitow trained as a naturopath and osteopath in the UK (1956-1960), and the letters following his name (N.D., D.O.), and his Honorary Fellowship from the University of Westminster (2005), should not be used to suggest that he was anything other than a UK trained naturopathic and osteopathic practitioner (Registration#1/201/F. General Osteopathic Council). We share this information in the interest of accuracy and transparency about his credentials. We cannot control misattributions that occur on other websites or in print media, but we hope that responsible parties will use care and respect when they refer to him or his work.

Sasha Chaitow, MA, MA, PhD is a cultural historian, an educator, a writer and an artist.

Over the last 20 years she has developed successful parallel careers:

  • teaching research literacy and academic writing in several fields
  • developing and delivering  CPD courses in critical thinking and inquiry
  • course development for teachers and tutors in secondary and higher education
  • lecturing and publishing in her field
  • various roles within academic publishing
  • investigative and cultural journalism
  • international exhibitions, lectures, conference & event organisation.

She has published one book based on her doctoral research, is working on two more, and has also published extensively in peer-reviewed journals as well as magazines and professional journals. She has lectured internationally at universities and conferences and organised several academic conferences and symposia. In parallel, she has produced 13 solo art exhibitions in the UK, Greece, and Sweden and participated in several group exhibitions.

Sasha worked closely with her father in the last ten years with regard to both education and translational research. She received his final instructions and wishes with regard to the management of several parts of his legacy.

In March 2018 Sasha was appointed Managing Editor for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies to perform a smooth transition to the new editorial team, and in 2019 she was named Series Editor for Elsevier’s “Leon Chaitow Library of Bodywork and Movement Therapies,” overseeing the revisions of his books. 

Copyright and Permissions: All requests for permissions regarding Leon Chaitow’s work must be addressed to Sasha in the first instance. Any infringements of copyright and/or other rights will be taken extremely seriously.

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