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July 1949

SIR WILLIAM OSLER: REMINISCENCES

Author Affiliations

DURHAM, N. C.

From the Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Hospital, Durham, N. C. Based on memories of student days at Oxford, 1913 to 1916.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(1):110-128. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230010120021
Abstract

"IT ISN'T done," a reply, which is supposed to end all arguments at Oxford, was the only answer I could obtain in 1913 when I wanted to complete the first two years of the medical school in one year. However I was not convinced that it could not be done, so as a last resort I was told to call on Sir William Osler, the Regius Professor of Medicine and dean of the medical school, who had lived in the States and would know how to handle an argumentative American student who did not understand Oxford traditions.

An appointment was made and I rang the bell at 13 Norham Gardens, Sir William's home, with fear and trembling because to me and most Americans the name, Osler, was the pinnacle of medicine. By that time I profoundly regretted even considering my proposed crowded schedule but as the appointment had been made

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