William Osler: A Life in Medicine

William Osler A Life in Medicine William Osler was born in a parsonage in backwoods Canada on July In a life lasting seventy years he practiced taught and wrote about medicine at Canada s McGill University America s John

  • Title: William Osler: A Life in Medicine
  • Author: Michael Bliss
  • ISBN: 9780195123463
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • William Osler was born in a parsonage in backwoods Canada on July 12, 1849 In a life lasting seventy years, he practiced, taught, and wrote about medicine at Canada s McGill University, America s Johns Hopkins University, and finally as Regius Professor at Oxford At the time of his death in England in 1919, many considered him to be the greatest doctor in the world OsleWilliam Osler was born in a parsonage in backwoods Canada on July 12, 1849 In a life lasting seventy years, he practiced, taught, and wrote about medicine at Canada s McGill University, America s Johns Hopkins University, and finally as Regius Professor at Oxford At the time of his death in England in 1919, many considered him to be the greatest doctor in the world Osler, who was a brilliant, innovative teacher and a scholar of the natural history of disease, revolutionized the art of practicing medicine at the bedside of his patients He was idolized by two generations of medical students and practitioners for whom he came to personify the ideal doctor But much than a physician, Osler was a supremely intelligent humanist In both his writings and his personal life, and through the prism of the tragedy of the Great War, he embodied the art of living It was perhaps his legendary compassion that elevated his healing talents to an art form and attracted to his private practice students, colleagues, poets Walt Whitman for example politicians, royalty, and nameless ordinary people with extraordinary conditions William Osler s life lucidly illuminates the times in which he lived Indeed, this is a book not only about the evolution of modern medicine, the training of doctors, holism in medical thought, and the doctor patient relationship, but also about humanism, Victorianism, the Great War, and much else Meticulously researched, drawing on many new sources and offering new interpretations, William Osler A Life in Medicine brings to life both a fascinating man and the formative age of twentieth century medicine It is a classic biography of a classic life, both authoritative and highly readable.

    One thought on “William Osler: A Life in Medicine”

    1. Excellent biography of the Canadian physician who became everyone's favorite clinician. A pleasant read, with abundant information on his family and contacts, as well as influences in the medical world up to and including today.

    2. Very Good Biography. I think this is one of the few biographies I've read. I was impressed with the amount of research that Bliss put into the book, and also with Osler's single-minded dedication to medicine.

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