Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: I believe that there are several
inaccuracies in Dr Tremblay's1 review of
Hinohara and Niki's Osler's "A Way of Life" and Other Addresses
With Commentary and Annotations," which provides exhaustive descriptions
of Osler's more obscure historical and literary references. First, Tremblay
incorrectly states that Osler was one of the wealthiest doctors in North America.
Osler inherited little wealth from his clergyman father. He did receive a
consistent, perhaps even substantial, income from his textbook, which was
augmented by his meager hospital-based salary. Although he was in great demand
as a consultant, he never generated large incomes from his practice. In his
correspondence he frequently referred to lack of funds, especially in reference
to buying old works of literature and medicine. His brothers were quite wealthy
and often gave him the money to buy books for his library, which totaled 8000
volumes by the time of his death in 1919. He always had financial security,
but he was not as wealthy as many of the practicing clinicians and surgeons
of his day.
Carter E. Osler's Financial and Linguistic Resources. JAMA. 2002;287(1):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.40