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October 3, 2001

OslerOsler's "A Way of Life" and Other Addresses with Commentary and Annotations

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(13):1643-1644. doi:10.1001/jama.286.13.1643-JBK1003-3-1

Canada's greatest gift to medicine at the dawn of its scientific era was William Osler. During his lifetime (1849-1919) Osler became one of the best known (and wealthiest) doctors in North America.

Osler's fame, which extended well beyond academic medical circles, was partly due to the prominent positions he held at the University of Pennsylvania (1884-1889) and Johns Hopkins University (1889-1905). His fame later spread internationally with the publication and many foreign translations of his classic textbook, The Principles and Practice of Medicine (published in 1892), which he wrote while waiting for the medical school at Hopkins to open (1893). The textbook was the definitive work on medicine at the time; it went through 16 editions and many reprintings during its 50-year life.

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