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Sir William Osler, 1849-1919, and why you should read the book you were given

Sir William Osler (1849-1919) was a Canadian physician raised in Dundas, ON. He was one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital and is often credited as the “Father of Modern Medicine”. Learn more about his life and work here.


Sir William Osler, 1849-1919. Click on his photograph to read his biography.

Photograph of Dr. William Osler, 1849-1919


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William Osler, 1849-1919

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Why were you given this book?


 A picture of the cover of Dr. Osler's book, a collection of essays

   William Osler, physician and medical historian, was the most brilliant and influential teacher of medicine of his generation. He was born in Bond Head, Ontario, studied at University of Toronto and McGill University where he stayed to teach. In 1889 he became the first head of medicine at the new Johns Hopkins Hospital and medical school in Baltimore, Maryland. Decades ahead of his time in his approach to academic study and his views on the medical profession, he was a mentor to thousands of students. He helped many find a vocation in medicine through his own enthusiasm, breadth of interests and concern for the individual. Osler's remarkable qualities are displayed in this selection of his essays, all brimming with his warmth and eloquence which was his trademark and all of continuing interest and relevance to medical students today -- Introduction, Dr. Charles Roland.

   The idea that a selection of Osler's essays should be presented to Ontario medical students originated in an annual meeting of the Hannah Professors of the History of Medicine and Dr. Roland was chosen for the job. It is our belief that Ontario medical students will find this sampling of Osler's writings interesting, challenging and pertinent to many of the questions that will arise in their minds as they mature in the practice of the noble profession of medicine. Osler's lifelong interest in students, in libraries, and in the history of medicine are apparent in his writings. It is hoped that these and his other fine qualities may influence the readers of this selection. -- Preface, Dr. Charles Roland.

All publications by Osler available at McMaster

Search the Library catalogue, by clicking on:

William Osler, 1849-1919