Two Midwestern University faculty members from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) have collaborated to write a groundbreaking textbook on osteopathic medicine for older patients. Nicette Sergueef, PT, D.O. (France), Adjunct Associate Professor, and Kenneth Nelson, D.O., Professor, worked for several years to write Osteopathy for the Over 50s. The book was published in February by Handspring Publishing and fills a gap in the osteopathic literature as the first text to specifically address osteopathic treatment for older adults.
"Osteopathic medicine can tremendously help people as they get older," said Ms. Sergueef. "One of the principles of osteopathic medicine is to utilize the self-healing power of the body to adjust and deal with problems. Osteopathic medicine can help a person to enhance their capacity to be better or cope better with a variety of conditions."
The book focuses on the biomechanics of the body, possible dysfunctions, and treatment options and is designed as a reference text for students, osteopathic physicians, and other health professionals. Osteopathy for the Over 50s addresses topics related to the aging process including degenerative arthritis, congestive heart failure, obstructive pulmonary disease, prostrate and pelvic floor disorders, postural disorders, sleep disorders, audio and visual dysfunctions, and more.
"So many people are under the misconception that osteopathic principles apply to musculoskeletal aches and pain such as bad backs and headaches. The purpose of this book is to look at the integration of the diagnosis and treatment of the somatic component into the entire spectrum of patient care," Dr. Nelson added.
Although this is their first official partnership as co-authors, Ms. Sergueef and Dr. Nelson have been collaborating for years and have been married for 19 years. "This is the first book we've formally collaborated on, but we have worked together on other books," Dr. Nelson said. To develop the content for Osteopathy for the Over 50s, they conducted extensive research and drew on years of experience as educators and clinicians.
Ms. Sergueef has published several academic books in her native France and was among the first clinicians to embrace osteopathic principles in that country. She is particularly renowned for her work with children and adolescents and has been a contributor to CCOM's osteopathic manipulation medicine (OMM) program for several decades.
Dr. Nelson began teaching at CCOM in 1971 and has been a leader in the field for more than 40 years. He edited the Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine textbook and recently received the Distinguished Service Certificate from the American Osteopathic Association for his development of osteopathic teaching materials and commitment to the profession.