July 1949


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Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(1):54-63. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230010064013

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THE INVITATION to contribute to the Osler memorial number of the Archives of Internal Medicine was accepted with a little reluctance. I welcomed the opportunity to reveal my deep affection for this great man, and to express my high appreciation of his unusual qualities of mind and heart. But the invitation was accompanied with the suggestion that I name the particular characteristics of Dr. Osler which in my opinion made his impact on medicine so important that after a hundred years the anniversary of his birth should still be celebrated. That requires more than a eulogy; it demands that one make a frank analysis of Osler's qualities, which to one who loved and honored him, and was ever ready to obey him, would seem almost like sacrilege, as well as being presumtious. It would be like performing an autopsy on a dear friend. Too, one is fearful of probing too

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