Max Girardin


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Max Girardin

As a young man in Africa, Max was interested in nature, its interactions, and the complexity of life. Later, in the early 1980s, Max began his studies in physiotherapy, but soon changed his course, due to his passion for anatomy, and became an osteopath.

In 1983, he completed two years of histology and cytology (microscopy and electron microscopy) under Professor Dekegel in the Pasteur Institute Brabant Brussel.

In 1985, Max completed two supplementary semesters in anatomical dissections at the free university of Brussels where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with congratulations of the jury. It gave him the opportunity to become pro-sector at the department of morphology and experimental anatomy under the supervision of professor J P Clarijs. He left the department in 1995.

In 1992, in cooperation with professor Cabri from the free university of Brussels and technical university of Lisbon, he and his colleague, Jean-Paul Höppner, founded a special anatomical program at the Rupprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. Today, under their supervision, young osteopaths from all over Europe still benefit from this opportunity to complete their practical studies of anatomy with a capital A, meaning: dissection, human embryology and histology.

From 1992 till 2000, Max gave lectures concerning Physiology, Histology and osteopathy in practice at the College Sutherland in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Max is a fellow of Evolutionary Medicine in the Osteopathic Field (EVOST), which is a think tank for osteopathic philosophy and Form in general. For Max, human physiology, histology, and embryology are important parts of morphology and Form – the very basis to anatomical study.

His interests in the significance of Form has lead him to the concepts of complexity evolution and system theory. Persistent work and an inquisitive mind for more than 30 years in this field has opened a complete set of new perspectives on the meaning of Form to Max.

Studying the writings of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine, brought Max to the conclusion: that A.T. Still was sharing the same views as principles of evolution and complexity but expressed them in another style. Since 2000, Max has given lectures to osteopaths from all over the world in Evolutionary Osteopathy and its particular aspects.