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July 1949

DR. OSLER'S USE OF TIME

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ALTADENA, CALIF.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(1):51-53. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230010061012
Abstract

"HOW DID Doctor find time?" is a question frequently asked of persons who knew Osler. Only those who have thoroughly studied Harvey Cushing's "Life"1 can understand the fundamental reason—the thorough drilling in the preparation of life, whether that life was to be devoted to the priesthood, the practice of ophthalmology or what it turned out to be, the scholarly and investigative medical career, of which it was one of the finest examples. Learning early the master word, "work," Osler was able to use it, often automatically, and to achieve results without apparent effort. I witnessed a striking instance, the details of which were inaccessible for more than fifty years, which is of interest in this period of reminiscence. The starting point did not escape the keen eye of Dr. Cushing, who mentioned it briefly:1

Word came from [Dr. F. J.] Shepherd on July 31st telling of Richard MacDonnell's

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