Jaap van der Wal

Jaap van der Wal

Jaap van der Wal, Ph.D.

Jaap van der Wal Ph.D. is a medical doctor and till his retirement in 2012 he worked as associate professor in Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland. After his medical education in 1973 he became specialized in the functional anatomy of the locomotor apparatus with (later on) emphasis on the architecture of connective tissue and fascia and its role in proprioception. Gradually he developed as teacher in Philosophy of Science and in Medical Anthropology. “My passion however was and still is human embryology. The human body is a process, developing and functioning in time. The embryo moves and behaves in forms. It is in this area that I encountered the Goethean phenomenological approach. I apply the method of dynamic morphology to understand what we actually are doing as human beings when we are embryo. With respect I can find in the embryo cautious answers to questions as to the meaning of human existence.” After his retirement he fully devotes his energy to Embryo in Motion, a worldwide project on teaching Embryosophy. He now teaches his ‘Embryosophy’ in Europe and USA in institutes for Craniosacral-therapy, Osteopathy, Polarity Therapy but also Prenatal Psychology and Trauma therapy and so on.
“In 1988 I defended at the University of Maastricht a thesis about proprioception, related to one of my major interests and questions i.e. the question What moves us? In this context during the last 10 years I became more and more involved in research about the function and meaning of the fascia in the human body. This resulted in a presentation at the second International Fascia Congress in Amsterdam in 2009 with a series of the publications after that. My main domain of interest however is and will be the embryonic development of the human being and everything that relates to that, such as evolution and genetics and this all in the context of image of man and science philosophy. Important inspirors are for me besides the anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner. the work of Jan Hendrik van den Berg and all the phenomenologist. In particular by means of the phenomenological approach of Goethe I think I can make a bridge between spirituality and spiritual science on the one hand and positivistic natural science on the other hand”.
Until his retirement as associate professor at the University of Maastricht he was active as freelance teacher for various schools in the domain of so-called ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’ medicine, amongst others yoga schools, educational institutes for art therapy but also for osteopathy and craniosacral therapy. All over the world he teaches courses Embryo in Motion to laymen but also to professionally interested people like doctors, midwives and other therapists. He writes articles about the themes that are mentioned about. Jaap van de Wal is a well known and well received speaker on many seminars and congresses all over the world in particular in the domain of osteopathy. In his biography the science of kinesiology and embryology are bridged and connected by the notions form and motion. By means of the phenomenological approach he made in the so-called dynamic morphology a connection between science and spirituality. It is this vision that he tries to promote by means of his network Embryo in Motion teaching as ‘an embryologist on the search for spirit’

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PUBLICATIONS IN SCIENTIFIC MAGAZINES AND BOOKS

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1983, Mameren, H. van, and Wal, J.C. van der, 1983, Comparison of the organisation of the connective tissue in relation with muscle and nerve tissue in the cubital region in man and in the rat, Acta Morphol. Neerl.-Scand. 21: 169.

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1983a, Drukker J., Mameren, H. van, and Wal, J.C. van der, 1983a, The functional anatomy of structures guiding tensile and compressive loads in the human elbow region, Proc. NATO Advanced Study Institute 151, Lissabon.

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1983b, Drukker, J., Mameren, H. van, and Wal, J.C. van der, 1983b, Connective tissue structures in the cubital region of man and rat. Their role in guidance of forces and their role as a substrate for propriocepsis, J. Anat. 137: 432.

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1983c, Drukker, J., Mameren, H. van, and Wal, J.C. van der, 1983c, A description of the gross anatomy (with some functional implications) of connective tissue structures in the cubital region of man and rat, Anat. Anz. Suppl. 153: 269.

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1984, Wal, J.C. van der, Drukker, J., and Mameren, H. van, 1984, The organisation of the connective tissue in relation with the muscle and nerve tissue in the lateral cubital region in the rat, Verh. Anat. Ges. 78 (Anat. Anz. Suppl. 156): 631 – 632.

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1986, Wal, J.C. van der, and Drukker J., 1986, The organization of nervous tissue elements in relation with the architecture of the connective and muscle tissue in the lateral cubital region of the rat, Acta Morphol. Neerl.-Scand. 24: 147 – 148.

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1986, Wal, J.C. van der, and Dongen, J. van, 1986, Intrauterine tenotomy in rat – A model for studying the spatial organization of the morphological substrate of propriocepsis, Proc. 27th Dutch Federation Meeting, April 1986: 432 (W12).

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1987, Wal, J.C. van der, and Drukker, J., 1987, Das morphologi¬sche Substrat der Propriozepsis im lateralen Ellenbogen¬gebiet der Ratte, Anat. Anz. Suppl. 163: 194.

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1987, Wal, J.C. van der, Strasmann, Th., Drukker, J., and Halata, Z,, 1987, The occurrence of sensory nerve endings in the lateral cubital region of the rat in relation to the architecture of the connective tissue, Acta Anat. 13: 94.

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1987, Wal, J.C., van der, and Drukker, J., 1987, The organization of muscle spindles and Golgi Tendon Organs in the lateral cubital region of the rat, Act. Morph. Neerl.-Scand. 25: 295.

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1988, Wal, J.C. van der, and Drukker, J., 1988, The occurrence of muscle spindles in relation to the architecture of the connective tissue in the lateral cubital region of the rat. In: Hnik, P. et al. (eds.), Mechanore¬ceptors, Deve¬lopment, Structure, and Function: 345 – 346, Plenum Press, New York and London.

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1988, Wal, J.C. van der, Strasmann, Th., Drukker, J., and Halata, Z., 1988, Sensory nerve endings in the deep lateral cubital region: a topographi¬cal and ultrastructu¬ral study in the rat. In: Hnik, P. et al. (eds.), Mecha¬noreceptors, Development, Structure, and Function: 337 – 344, Plenum Press, New York and London.

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1988, Wal, J.C. van der, 1988, The organization of the morpho¬logical substra¬te of proprioception in the elbow region of the rat, Thesis, University of Limburg, The Nether¬lands

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1989, Wal, J.C. van der, Strasmann, Th., Drukker, J., and Halata, Z., 1989, The organization of mechano¬receptors in the rat elbow region: a regional approach, Annls. Soc. r. zool. Belg. V119 suppl. 1: 89

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1989, Wal, J.C. van der, Strasmann, Th., Drukker, J., and Halata, Z., 1989, The occurrence of sensory nerve endings in the connective tissue in the deep lateral cubital region of the rat, Verh. Anat. Ges. (Anat. Anz. Suppl. 164): 991 – 992.

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1989, Wal, J.C., van der, and Drukker, J., 1989, The occurrence and distri¬bution of muscle spindles in the lateral cubi¬tal region of the rat, Verh. Anat. Ges. 82 (Anat. Anz. Suppl. 164): 993 – 994.

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1990, Berge, H. van den and Wal, J.C. van der, 1990, The inner¬vation of the middle ear muscles of the rat, J. Anat. 170: 99 – 109.

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1990, Drukker, J. en Wal, J.C. van der, 1990, Centrale verbin¬dingen van het vestibulaire apparaat. In: Fischer, A.J.E¬.M. en Oosterveld, W.J. (red.): 29 – 45, Bruna Uitgevers B.V. Utrecht, Holland.

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1990, Strasmann, Th., Wal, J.C. van der, Halata, Z., and Druk¬ker, J., 1990, Functional topography and ultrastructure of periarticular mechanore¬ceptors in the lateral elbow region of the rat, Acta Anatomi¬ca 138: 1 – 14.

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1990, Wal, J.C. van der, Strasmann, Th., Drukker, J. and Hala¬ta, Z., 1990, The connective tissue apparatus in the lateral elbow region of the rat as instrument in the quality of centripetal information, Verh. Anat. Ges. 83 (Anat. Anz. Suppl. 166): 593 – 594.

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1990, Wal, J.C. van der, Dongen, J.J. van, Rensema, J.W., Eversden, M. and Remie, R., 1990, Intra-uterine operati¬ons. In: Van Dongen, Remie, Rensema and Van Wunnik (eds¬.), Manual of Microsur¬gery on the Labara¬tory Rat, Part I: 275 – 286, Elsevier Science Publishers B.V.

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2009, Wal, J.C. van der, The Architecture of the Connective Tissue in the Musculoskeletal System – An Often Overlooked Functional Parameter as to Proprioception in the Locomotor Apparatus, International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), Vol. 2, number 4, December 2009: 9 – 23.

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2010, Wal, J.C. van der, Kontinuität und Konnektivität – die Architektur des Bindegewebes als Ergänzung der Anatomie der Faszien. In: Liem, Torsten an Dobler, T.K. (eds.), Leitfaden Osteopathie, Parietale Techniken, 3. Auflage: 726 – 737, Urban & Fischer.

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2012, Wal, J.C. van der, Proprioception, Mechanoreception and the Anatomy of the Fascia. In: Robert Schleip et al. (eds.), Fascia: The tensional Network of the Human Body, Chapter 2.2: 81 – 87, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-7020-3425-1.

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2014, Wal, J.C. van der, Propriozeption, Mechanorezeption und die Anatomie der Faszie, In: R. Schleip et al. (eds.) Lehrbuch Faszien, 2 Die Faszie als Kommunikationsorgan. Kap 2.2: 58 –63, Elsevier Urban & Fischer, ISBN 978-3-437-55306-6.

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2015, Wal, J.C. van der, 2012, Some Considerations as to Nomenclature in the Domain of the Fascia and Connective Tissue – Van Der Wal’s response to Stecco’s fascial nomenclature, Journal of Body work and Movement Therapy (JBMT), Vol 19, January 2015: 304 – 309.

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2015, Wal, J.C. van der, The Fascia as the Organ of Innerness – An holistic Approach based upon a Phenomenological Embryology and Morphology, In: Torsten Liem et al. (eds.), The Fascia in the Osteopathy Field: xx – xx, Handspring Publishing Ltd, ISBN-978-1909111278.

 

 

OTHER (SCIENTIFIC) PUBLICATIONS

 

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Wal J.C. van der, 1987, De kracht van het stille bestaan – de overle¬vingsstrategie van ons embryo¬nale Zijn. In: Strategieën van overleving, Congresboek, Onderzoekscentrum Marginaliteit K.U. Leuven: 125 – 170.

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Wal, J.C. van der en Lammerts van Bueren, E. (red.), 1993, Zit er toekomst in ons DNA?, Rapport Werkgroep Genetische manipulatie en oordeelsvor¬ming Driebergen, ISBN 90-74021-12-3.

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Wal, J.C. van der, 1993, Niet bij DNA alleen … . In: Wal, J.C. van der en Lammerts van Bueren, E. (red.), 1993, Zit er toekomst in ons DNA?, Rap¬port Werkgroep Genetische manipulatie en oordeelsvor¬ming Drieber¬gen, ISBN 90-74021-12-3: 97 -114.

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Wal, J.C. van der, 1994, De verloren dood. In: Opdebeeck, A. (ed.), De dood in de marge van het leven, Onderzoekscentrum Marginaliteit K.U. Leuven, D/1994/K.U. Leuven: 86 – 123.

5 Wal, J.C. van der, 1994, Was sind Gene – Welche Zukunft hat unsere DNS? In: Gentechnik – Was verursacht der Mensch durch den Griff in die Erbanla¬gen?, Arbeitskreis für Ernährungsforschung e.V., Bad Liebenzell-Unterlen¬genhardt, ISBN 3-922290-24-8: 11 – 30.

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Wal, J.C. van der, 1994, Gene agieren nicht, sie reagieren. In: Genma¬nipula¬tion an Pflanze, Tier und Mensch: Grundlagen zur Urteilsbildung/ hrsg. von einer Arbeitsgruppe am Louis-Bolk-Institut, Niederlande. Verlag Freies Geistesleben, Stuttgart, ISBN 3-7725-1449-9.

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Wal, J.C. van der, 1995, De verloren dood – Metabletische actualiteit op de snijzaal. In: Vande¬reyc¬ken, W. en De Visscher (red.), Metabletische Perspectieven, Acco – Leuven/Amersfoort, ISBN: 90-334-3077-0: 167 – 198.

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Wal, J.C. van der, 1996, De verloren dood, 1996, Interesse, Tijdschrift voor Goetheanistische Fenomenologie 2, nr. 5 maart 1996: 20 – 23.

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Wal, J.C. van der, 1996, Leven met DNA – Kanttekeningen bij het DNA-denken -, Bolkbericht, Jaarverslag Louis Bolk Instituut voor fenomenologisch natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek, Pasen 1996: 7 – 21

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Wal, Jaap van der, 1997, Back to the future – towards a spiritual attitude for managing DNA. In: Wirtz, J. and Lammerts van Bueren (ed.), The future of DNA, Kluwer Academic Publishers – Dordrecht/Boston/London, ISBN 0-7923-4620-3: 43 – 54.

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Wal, Jaap van der, Grünewald, Peter and Skaftnesmo, Trond, 1997, Embryo, heredity and DNA. In: Wirtz, J. and Lammerts van Bueren (ed.), The future of DNA, Kluwer Academic Publishers – Dordrecht/Boston/London, ISBN 0-7923-4620-3: 252 – 262.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 1997, Leben mit DNa. Randbemerkungen zum DNA-denken. In: B. Maris (Hrsg), Die Schöpfung verbessern? Möglichkeiten und Abgründe der Gentechnik- ein Weg ohne Umkehr?, Verlag Freies Geisteseleben & Urachhaus GmbH, Stuttgart, ISBN 3-8251-7174-4: 13 – 30.

13 Wal, J.C. van der, 1998, De spraak van het embryo – een fenomenologie van het embryonale bestaan -. In: Liber amicorum S. de Batselier, Betty Reyniers (Uitg.), D-1998-Betty Reyniers: 465 – 476.

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14a Wal, Jaap van der, 1998, Het verdachte gen, In: E. Lammerts van Bueren en J. van der Meulen (red.), En toen was er DNA …. Wat moeten we ermee?, Indigo, Zeist, ISBN 90 6038 419 9: 105 – 120.
14b Wal, Jaap van der, 1998, De derde factor, In: E. Lammerts van Bueren en J. van der Meulen (red.), En toen was er DNA …. Wat moeten we ermee?, Indigo, Zeist, ISBN 90 6038 419 9: 191 – 204.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 1999, Der Mensch als Embryo zwischen Himmel und Erde, In: Bausteine einer anthroposophischen Physiotherapie 1, Arbeitsergebnisse der 1. Internationalen Tagung für Physiotherapeuten, herausgegeben von der medizinischen Sektion der Freie Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaft am Goetheanum, Dornach: 32 – 197.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2000, De Verloren dood – Op zoek naar een verloren lichaam, gebonden uitgave van een artikel, ISBN 90-806037-1-6.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2000, De kracht van het stille Zijn – Over de aard van ons embryonale bestaan, gebonden uitgave van een essay, ISBN 90-806037-2-4.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2000, De spraak van het embryo – Een fenomenologie van het embryonale bestaan, gebonden uitgave van een artikel, ISBN 90-806037-3-2.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2003, Der Mensch als Embryo zwischen Himmel und Erde, In: Jaap van der Wal, Michaele Glöckler u.a.., Dynamische Morphologie und Entwicklung der menschlichen Gestalt, Bausteine einer anthroposophischen Physiotherapie 1, Kongresband No.6, herausgegeben von der medizinischen Sektion der Freie Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaft am Goetheanum, Dornach: 28 – 197, 2. durchgesehen Auflage, ISBN 3-7235-1183-X.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2003, Dynamic Morphology and Embryology, In: Bie, Guus van der and Huber, Machteld (eds.), Foundations of Anthroposophical Medicine, Floris Books, Edinburgh, ISBN 0-86315-417-4: 87 – 161.

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Wal, J.C. van der, 2004, Human Conception: How to overcome Reproduction – a phenomenological approach of human fertilization, Energy & character Vol. 33 September 2004.

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Wal, J.C. van der, 2006, Der Inkarnierende Embryo, In: Liem, T. (ed.), Morphodynamik in der Osteopathie, Hippokrates Verlag, Stuttgart: 116 – 134, ISBN 3-8304-5340-X.

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Wal, J.C. van der en Bie, G.H. van der, 2006, 2005, Grundzüge einer phänomenologischen Embryologie, In: Krens, I. und Krens, H. (eds), Das Pränatale Kind – Grundlagen einer vorgeburtlichen Psychologie, VandenHoeck & Ruprecht Verlag, Berlin: 33 – 48, 2. Auflage, ISBN 3-525-45233-0.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2007, The Speech of the Embryo, In: Michael J. Shea, PhD, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Vol. 1, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley California, USA: 83 – 102, ISBN 978-1-55643-591-1, and
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Wal, Jaap van der, 2007, Human Conception: How to Overcome Reproduction? , In: Michael J. Shea, PhD, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Vol. 1, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley California, USA: 137 – 154, ISBN 978-1-55643-591-1.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2007, De eenheid van het lichaam. In de verbondenheid van alle cellen en organen, In: Jaarboek Integrale Geneeskunde 2007, Tijdschrift voor Integrale Geneeskunde Jaargang 23,: 18 – 34, ISBN: 978-90-810186-3-0.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2009, La parola all’embrione, In: Michael J. Shea, PhD, Terapia CranioSacrali Biodinamica, Vol. 1, I.T.C.S. Istituto Terapie CranioSacrali, Norma. Italia: 137 – 154, ISBN 9788-901171-2-1: 59 – 71, and
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Wal, Jaap van der, 2009, Il concepimento nel’uomo: superare la riproduzione? In: Michael J. Shea, PhD, Treapia Cranioacrale Biodinamica, Vol. 1, I.T.C.S. Istituto Terapie CranioSacrali, Norma, Italia: 137 – 154, ISBN 9788-901171-2-1: 91 – 102

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2009, Der Mensch als Embryo zwischen Himmel und Erde, In: Jaap van der Wal, Michaele Glöckler u.a.., Dynamische Morphologie und Entwicklung der menschlichen Gestalt, herausgegeben von der medizinischen Sektion der Freie Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaft am Goetheanum, Dornach: 28 – 197, 3. Auflage, ISBN 978-3-7235-1183-1.

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Wal, Jaap van der, MD Ph, 2010, La parola all’embrione (di Jaap van der Wal), Pubblicato il 3 mag, 2010 in Embriologia, Risorse & Articoli Estratto del fascicolo EMBRIO Dossier 2005, Ed. Istituto Terapie CranioSacrali c/o Villa del Cardinale – Via dei Colli, 44, 04010 Norma LATINA. www.craniosacrale.it.

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31a Wal, Jaap van der, MD PhD, 2010, Dinamiche Morfologiche ed Embrionale (di Jaap van der Wal, MD, PhD), Pubblicato il 5 mag, 2010 in Embriologia, Risorse & Articoli, Questo è un estratto del DOSSIER EMBRIO 2005 Ed. Istituto Terapie Craniosacrali c/o Villa del Cardinale – Via dei Colli, 44, 04010 Norma LATINA. www.craniosacrale.it.
31b Wal, Jaap van der, MD PhD, 2010, Dinamiche Morfologiche ed Embrionale (di Jaap van der Wal, MD, PhD), Teste tratti dal Seminario “Dinamiche Morfologiche ed Embrionali”con Jaap van der Wal 13-15 Novembre 2009, Norma (LT), Italia.Copyright Somaticaedizioni (somatica Soc. Coop), Norma – Latina,. Italia. Ed. Istituto Terapie Craniosacrali c/o Villa del Cardinale – Via dei Colli, 44, 04010 Norma LATINA. www.craniosacrale.it.

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Wal, Jaap van der, MD PhD, 2010, Dinamiche Morfologiche ed Embrionale, Tratto da: Foundations of anthroposophical medicine – A training Manual, Chapter 4, Published by Floris Books 2003, Ed. Istituto Terapie Craniosacrali c/o Villa del Cardinale – Via dei Colli, 44, 04010 Norma LATINA. www.craniosacrale.it

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Osteopathische Medizin, 12. Jahrg., Heft 2/2012, S. 13–17, Elsevier GmbH – Urban & Fischer, www.elsevier.de/ostmed Interview mit Jaap van der Wal über die Embryologie und ihre Bedeutung für die Osteopathie.

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Wal, Jaap van der, MD PhD, 2013, The Embryo in us – A phenomenological Search for Soul and Consciousness in the prenatal Body, Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, Volume 27, Issue 3, April 2013.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2014, The Embryo in us A Phenomenological Search for Soul and Consciousness in the Prenatal Body, In: Lilipoh, Issue 74, Vol. 19, Winter 2014: 35 – 41

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2013, Der Embryo in uns – Eine phänomenologische Suche nach Seele und Bewusstsein im pränatalen Körper, In: Verborgene Wahrheiten – Der verantwortungsvolle Umgang mit Erinnerungen aus unserer frühesten Lebenszeit, herausgegeben von Sven Hildebrandt und Heiner Alberti, Mattes Verlag Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-86809-081-9.

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2015, Wal, J.C. van der, The Incarnating Embryo – The Embryo in Us, Human Embryonic Development in a Phenomenological Perspective. In: Torsten Liem (ed.), Osteopathic energetics: Morphodynamic and Biodynamic Principles in Health and Disease: xx – xx, Handspring Publishing Ltd, 1st ed., ISBN 978-1909141247.

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2015, Wal, Jaap van der, El Embrión en Nosotros. Una embriología dinámica basada en el enfoque fenomenológic – Por el Dr. Jaap van der Wal (Spanish Edition), IAO Arte Editorial, ISBN:978-84-942620-6-7, 170 pages.

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Wal, Jaap van der, 2016, Der Mensch als Embryo zwischen Himmel und Erde, In: Jaap van der Wal, Michaele Glöckler u.a.., Dynamische Morphologie und Entwicklung der menschlichen Gestalt, Bausteine einer anthroposophischen Physiotherapie 1, Kongresband No.6, herausgegeben von der medizinischen Sektion der Freie Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaft am Goetheanum, Dornach: 28 – 197, 4. durchgesehen und neu bearbeitete Auflage, ISBN 3-7235-1183-X.