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October 15, 1982

Osier and Humanism

Author Affiliations

Chaptico, Md

JAMA. 1982;248(15):1835. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330150029015

To the Editor.—  Concerning the "William Osler Lecture Series: Continuing Medical Education in Letters and Science" discussed in The Journal (1982;247:1983)—what a nice thing! The Madison (Wis) General Hospital is to be commended, and I share with the authors the hope that it will be a good example for other continuing medical educational programs.May I suggest, however, that dedicating the series in Madison to the "humanistic philosophy of Sir William Osier" probably does not describe Dr Osier or his philosophy.We have to remember that Osler was the son of a missionary and that his education in the humanities began long before his college years. His initial college education was at Trinity College, Toronto, and his intention was to be a clergyman before medicine caught his imagination. Many of his written works show the influence of the Bible and of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.1And who