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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. Deals with some of the more esoteric aspects of “Breath of Life” as well as the practical aspects of being a practitioner. Included are wonderful letters between Dr. Sutherland & Dr. Becker and transcripts of brilliant discussions with students. This book is an essential part of the literature and not to be missed.
Rollin E. Becker (1910-1996) grew up in an osteopathic household. His father, Arthur D. Becker, D.O. was a prominent and respected osteopath, who served on the faculty with Dr. Andrew Taylor Still and later was dean of two osteopathic colleges. Rollin graduated from the American School of Osteopathy (later renamed the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1934, and following a few years in Oklahoma, he moved to Michigan, where he practiced for thirteen years.
In 1944, after about a decade in Michigan, he met William Garner Sutherland, D.O. and in 1948, he first served on the teaching faculty at one of Dr. Sutherland's courses. Dr. Becker moved to Texas in 1949, where he practiced until 1989. Throughout that time, he continued to serve Dr. Sutherland and his work. Dr. Becker was the president, from 1962 through 1979, of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, an educational organization dedicated to perpetuating the teachings of W. G. Sutherland.
In the years following Dr. Sutherland's death in 1954, Dr. Becker played a crucial role in keeping his work alive. He went on to inspire generations of osteopathic teachers and students.