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February 6, 1981

A 'Forgotten' Clinic of Sir William Osier

JAMA. 1981;245(5):500-501. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310300054023

When William Osler left Baltimore in 1905 to accept the Regius Professorship of Medicine at Oxford, he resolved to return yearly to America. These return visits came to be viewed with mixed pleasure and apprehension because of the many demands and the frenetic pace required of him.1(p37) Osler sailed for the second time aboard the liner Celtic on Nov 28, 1906, his resolution undoubtedly strengthened by the forthcoming centennial of his mother.1(pp70,72)

Arriving in New York on Dec 6, Osler, accompanied by his wife and son, Revere, proceeded to Baltimore for a week of receptions and savoring old friendships. December 13 found Osler at Hamilton, Ontario, visiting with old friends Dr John A. Mullin and Dr Archibald Malloch, a student of Lister and the foremost surgeon of the area.1(p72),2(p121) The next day was spent in Toronto with his mother, Ellen Free Pickton Osler, on the occasion of