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July 1949

THE MEDICAL ARENA IN THE TORONTO OF OSLER'S EARLY DAYS IN THE STUDY OF MEDICINE

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TORONTO, CANADA

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(1):2-6. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230010012002
Abstract

THE TITLE implies that more will be said of the conditions concerning medicine as practiced and taught in Toronto in the latter part of the last century than of Osler himself. The word "arena" well describes what Osler, at the beginning of his medical career, looked on as a student in the Toronto School of Medicine, for conflict of a most dramatic sort between the two medical schools of the city and their adherents had long been the order of the day.

One takes for granted that bickerings, quarreling and jealousies existed everywhere in the conducting of the medical institutions which rose and fell in the early days of the last century; but in Toronto, behind these lesser evils, there loomed large bitter hostilities grounded in colonial mismanagement, religious intolerance and armed rebellion against the government, culminating in discontent and, finally, in secession of the whole faculty of the one

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