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August 22, 1977

Oslerian Anniversary: Incorporating the Fitzpatrick Lecture for 1975

Author Affiliations

McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario

JAMA. 1977;238(8):897-898. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280090061034

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The title refers not to a holy day, but rather to the 300th meeting of the Osler Club of London. Six essayists undertake the customary memorial tributes, and the 1975 Fitzpatrick Lecture to the Royal College of Physicians is included. This arrangement is not so arbitrary as it may at first seem, because the Osler Club on this occasion was meeting jointly with the Royal College, and the lecturer, W. C. Gibson of Vancouver, is a noted Oslerian who spoke on three of Sir William's fellow Canadians—Fred Banting, Norman Bethune, and Brock Chisholm.

Gibson's address (rather, the shortened version reproduced here) is too terse to be fully satisfying, yet he contrives to induce a sympathetic interest in his subjects, each of whom was a bit of an iconoclast in his own way. Indeed, Bethune and Chisholm could fairly be called eccentric. Especially enlightening is the current growth of Canadian interest