Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Sir William Osler is one of the most admired and honored physicians
in the history of medicine. He influenced the development of medicine in Canada,
the United States, and Great Britain, where he held professorships at McGill
University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and
Oxford University. Through his textbook, The Principles
and Practice of Medicine, and other clinical and philosophical writings,
he exercised a truly global influence. In this sesquicentennial of his birth,
William Osler continues to serve as a model of excellence for the medical
profession. This examination of the reasons for his enduring impact reveals
a legacy of clinical, scientific, literary, educational, and intraprofessional
accomplishments linked to a remarkable personality, and bound together by
an extraordinary humanism.
Golden RL. William Osler at 150An Overview of a Life. JAMA. 1999;282(23):2252-2258. doi:10.1001/jama.282.23.2252