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March 26, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(13):1157-1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950300085030

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Reproduced with permission from The Journal of Phi Rho Sigma (April, 1949).—Ed.

OSLER'S THREE IDEALS  I have three personal ideals. One, to do the day's work well and not to bother about tomorrow. It has been urged that this is not a satisfactory ideal. It is; and there is not one which the student can carry with him into practice with greater effect. To it, more than to anything else, I owe whatever success I have had—to this power of settling down to the day's work and trying to do it well to the best of one's ability, and letting the future take care of itself.The second ideal has been to act the Golden Rule, as far as in me lay, toward my professional brethren and toward the patients committed to my care.And the third has been to cultivate such a measure of equanimity as would

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