Meticulously researched and written by Richard L Golden, MD, his latest
book is eighth in the McGill University series Osler Library
Studies in the History of Medicine. Dr Golden, a world authority on
Osler, provides a brief but comprehensive account of Osler’s famous
textbook The Principles and Practice of Medicine,
describing how it evolved through 16 editions, published in various languages,
over 55 years.
Who would enjoy this book? Anyone interested in the history of medicine,
medical educators, and, of course, Oslerians. At present, Osler’s text
may be of historical importance only, but it has had a profound impact on
those who have read it. Golden’s history would be an excellent gift
for medical students and residents. It imparts interesting information on
an educational text that shaped the practice of medicine throughout the world.
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