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July 4, 1925

The Life of Sir William Osler.

JAMA. 1925;85(1):58-59. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670010062038

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Abstract

"In the hope that something of Osler's spirit may be conveyed to those of a generation that has not known him."

With this dedication, in part, Dr. Harvey Cushing presents to the literary and medical worlds the first biography of Sir William Osler. First we emphasize because, no doubt, this excellent accumulation of Osleriana will form the basis of many an interpretative biography of the future. Indeed, Dr. Cushing makes little pretense to biographic art, modestly expressing his intention to let Osler's "story so far as possible tell itself through what he puts on paper." "Here are merely the outlines of the final portrait," says Dr. Cushing, "to be painted out when the colors, lights and shadows come in time to be added."

On July 12, 1849, William Osler was born in a parsonage in upper Canada. It is interesting to learn that he was intended for the ministry until,

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