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May 24/31, 2000

William Osler at 150

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Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(20):2658. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2653

To the Editor: I certainly enjoyed reading Dr Golden's article on the life of William Osler,1 and I commend him for accurately depicting the spirit and charm of this great physician. Granted, Osler made no momentous discoveries, was not a distinguished researcher, and never had his own clinical practice. However, he was quick to identify which purported breakthroughs were actually important, was a staunch supporter of medical research and academic centers, and revered clinical practice as the true backbone of the medical profession. He realized that the medical profession required both clinicians and scientists to ensure medical advancement and optimal patient care, and he was able to unite these factions into one harmonious group. In addition, he emphasized that every physician must teach, and he established the model for medical school curriculum that we still use today.2 It has been said that there are many who have done more for the advancement of medicine than Osler but none who have done more for the advancement of the medical profession.

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