Leon Chaitow (d. 2018) was well-known internationally as the author of over 60 books on natural heath and complementary medicine. He wrote authoritatively at many levels: from easy to understand guides for the general public on health issues and treatment approaches to detailed, well-referenced texts for health care students and practitioners and their clients. He also co-edited and contributed to numerous other important publications in the field of fascial dysfunction and its treatment, notably as co-editor of Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body edited by Robert Schleip et al. Apart from his books Leon was the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He also acted as mentor, friend and advisor to many individuals at different stages of their career development in many fields of manual therapy always giving encouragement as well as wise and gentle criticism when appropriate. Leon Chaitow sadly died just a few weeks before the publication of the second edition of his book Fascial Dysfunction. Despite his serious ill-health during much of that year he continued to fulfil his writing obligations and only a couple of days before he died he approved the cover for the new edition.
Born in South Africa, Leon moved to the UK in 1956 where he studied osteopathy and naturopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1960. He went on to study acupuncture in the 1960s and then cranial osteopathy (1969-78) and orthomolecular nutrition (1970-73). Leon Chaitow was the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed to a UK medical practice (Marylebone Health Centre, London), an appointment which he held from 1993 to 2009. In 1993 he was appointed Senior Lecturer, Module leader and member of the course design team at the School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster.
From 1983 he held posts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia as visiting lecturer to colleges, schools and professional organizations of chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy and naturopathy. His writing was always undertaken in the peace and beauty of his home in Corfu.