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July 1949


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Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(1):135-142. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230010145023

I FIRST saw Sir William Osler when he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, at the Encaenia of 1904. He was in good company—Clifford Allbutt, Jonathan Hutchinson, Marconi, Sir William Macewen, of Glasgow, and others were with him—but Dr. Osler received a special ovation. There were already rumors that in view of Sir John Burdon-Sanderson's impending resignation, Osler might be the next Regius Professor of Medicine.

I first met Osler in June of the following year, in the garden of The Lawn, Banbury Road, the residence of the Professor of Physiology, Dr. Francis Gotch. It was afternoon, and I was talking with Mrs. Gotch and her two daughters. Up the garden path in the sunshine, unannounced, came Dr. Osler, clad in professional frock coat and top hat, for he had just returned from a visit to London. He took off his hat and