February 1951

Aphorisms of Sir William Osler: From His Bedside Teachings and Writings.

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Collected by Robert Bennett Bean; edited by William Bennett Bean, M.D. Price, $2.50. Pp. 159. Henry Schuman, Inc., Publishers, 20 E. 70th St., New York 21, 1950.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;87(2):326. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810020148022

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Now that the surviving ranks of Osler's students are running very thin, there seems to be a last minute effort to recapture in some concrete form the legendary atmosphere of his clinic. Dr. Joseph Pratt's recent book, "A Year with Osler," succeeds well in this attempt, and now comes a little volume of aphorisms from Osler's bedside teachings and writings collected with loving care by the late Dr. Robert Bennett Bean. Osler was a great man, and above all he had a stirring personality; there is no doubt about the impact of his conversation and teaching on his associates. The world has changed much, however, since that wonderful era of the late nineties, and, alas, many of these aphorisms now seem obvious, if not naïve. None the less, there are in this little book sound counsel, wise philosophy which never grows old and, above all, the ring of true idealism,

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