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1. The Evolution of Modern Medicine
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2. William Osler: A Life in Medicine
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3. Osler's ""A Way of Life"" and
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4. Osler's Bedside Library: Great
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5. The Evolution Of Modern Medicine
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6. The Quotable Osler, Deluxe Edition
7. The life of Sir William Osler
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8. Osler: Inspirations from a Great
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9. The life of Sir William Osler,
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10. The Life Of Sir William Osler
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11. The life of Sir William Osler,
 
12. The principles and practice of
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13. A Way of Life
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14. Walt Whitman and Sir William Osler:
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15. Aequanimitas, With Other Addresses
 
16. The Life of Sir William Osler
 
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17. Doctors Work: The Legacy of Sir
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18. A Great Physician And Medical
 
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19. Life & Times of Rembrandt/Elizabeth
 
20. William Osler's The master-word

1. The Evolution of Modern Medicine A Series of Lectures Delivered at Yale University on the Silliman Foundation in April, 1913
by William Osler
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good medical history
This book is a set of lectures given at Yale in 1913. The lecturer/author starts in ancient times and progresses through to his own day. He quotes healers and doctors of the past frequently, and he gives lots of examples of how medicine and surgery were practiced. The last chapter is titled The Rise of Preventive Medicine and is about the relatively new concept of identifying the causes of disease and preventing the spread of diseases.
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2. William Osler: A Life in Medicine
by Michael Bliss
Paperback: 608 Pages (2007-08-22)
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William 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 more than a physician, Osler was a fiercely 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. 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 and accessibly written, William Osler: A Life in Medicine brings to life both a fascinating man and the formative age of twentieth-century medicine. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent account of late 19th and early 20th century medicine
This excellent biography of Sir William Osler not only brings to life an engaging scientist, husband, father, and gifted teacher, but it also illuminates the history of the medical sciences -- including pathology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, psychiatry -- from the dark ages of bleeding to the threshold of the discoveries of sulfa and penicillin. In the process, this work limns the horrors of World War I and the barbarism of German militarism, which destroyed the cultural treasures of Louvain, Belgium much as a century later the Iraqis set fire to the oil fields of Kuwait. There are unexpected flashes of humor and pathos, not to mention an admonitory portrait of a descendant of Paul Revere of whom the rough rider might well have been ashamed.

5-0 out of 5 stars William Osler: A Life in Medicine
I purchased 5 of these books as a "Thank you" to 5 excellent physicians who supported me as an oncology nurse practitioner. Since I was retiring, I wanted to say "Thank you" and each physician was thrilled to receive a copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Biography for all Doctors to Read
This is one of the most absorbing and readable biographies of Sir William Osler. Michael Bliss' book is considerably shorter and easier to read than the monumental Pulitzer Prize winning book by Harvey Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler.
As a retired general practitioner, Sir Willam's life and example is particularly close to what I have been practicing for the past forty years. When one reads this account one can begin to fathom this great man's ability, perception of human suffering, natural curiosity and dedication to the patient's welfare. This book reveals to us some of his other unique abilities and qualities namely his bibliophilia,vast reading, writing close to 170 papers, teaching scores of students, and having the honor of holding responsible and prestigious positions in the fields of medicine and the humanities. In addition to all these were his literally developing Johns Hopkins Hospital and University into the best in the world in his time and marshalled the achievements of hospitals in Philadelphia, Montreal and Toronto. As Regius Professor at Oxford from 1915 to 1919 he was a towering giant . He therefore stands in my eyes as the greatest doctor of the 19th.,20th. and perhaps the 21st. centuries. Not Sydenham, not Hunter, not even Lister could do all that Osler managed to do and do so with so much energy, dedication and humility.
We doctors who were not with him on hospital rounds, clinical demonstrations,lectures, lunches, teas and dinners and amazing conversations with him are very envious of those who were blessed with these opportunities.
He set a living example to his protege the way a doctor should live and work to earn that mark of nobility that the profession has had for centuries. He was the healer of all healers and inspired many to literally follow his foot steps. To mention two such would be too few but the likes of Harvey Cushing and Wilder Penfield come to mind and they both became superb neurosurgeons even though their hero, Osler , was an internist. I was astounded to read the great numbers of international luminaries who were treated by him. He ministered to doctors and their families, medical students and staff and was thus a doctor's doctor both as a teacher and physician.
His love of little children, the youth, the aged and his own extended family was exemplary to say the least.
How sad that such a doctor left the world at a mere 70 years of age. Three great nations, Canada, the U.S. and Britain all claim him as their own son. That honor and adulation no one and no doctor has the distinction of achieving. He served all of them so well.
We all stand in awe of this stalwart of modern medicine and Michael Bliss has opened our eyes to this individual so well.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Biography of a Brilliant Doctor
Despite almost a century since his death, William Osler persists as the `the grand old man of medicine', a life devoted to doctoring and doctors, who has supplied inspiration for many generations of physicians in the United States, Canada, Britain and the Continent.

Osler's life was a remarkable achievement as a medical teacher, (important in America in giving medical students real medical experience, as clinical clerks in hospitals) physician, prolific author, councillor, researcher and mentor to literarily thousands of men and women embarking on the profession in the medicos. It was the philosopher and great teacher, William James, who commented to Osler, marvelling and his energy and interests. Osler replied, that he was terribly conscious of time that it was a commodity he wished he could buy more of, as there was so much he could do with it. (p. 502) Osler's zest for work and unbounding passion for medicine set the standard for medical women and men in the twentieth century.

After reading Michael Bliss's brilliant biography of the pioneering neurosurgeon, Harvey Cushing, another remarkable medical man, and Osler's first biographer, it seemed only natural to read about Cushing's mentor. Both biographies are first rate and it really would be a disservice to compare them, because both works are thorough, educational, inspiring and definitive contributions to the greats of medical history.

Osler is the author of the currently classic text, The Principles and Practice of Medicine, which became the core textbook for students and practicing physicians during his life. It became a yearly task for the doctor to revise later editions, (sixteen in all) and in present time, for modern doctors, according to Bliss, has now become patient-centred and a historical document of the state of 19th century medicine.

Osler is famous for his bedside manner, the notion of empowering patients and autonomy in clinical practice. The man's faith in medicine and the legendary "aura" of healing that surrounded him, causing patients to regain the faith in their own healing ability, has caused a renewed interest in humanities joining forces with science, a proper balance, ensuring an optimal treatment and outcome for the patient.

How did the man accomplish so much in one lifetime? Similar to the 18th century philosopher, Immanuel Kant, people close to him could adjust their clocks to the second by the philosopher's movements. Osler was the same: his day was usually planned down to the minute, rising at seven and retiring by ten-thirty everyday.

He was also a man born with writing disease, never a day would go by without putting pen to paper, as his articles, correspondence, speeches and books certainly reveal. A consummate bibliophile, his collection of medical texts and related subjects, at the end of his life reached eight thousand, taking many years to catalogue, ending up being donated, as was his wish, to McGill University.

An excellent biography of an extraordinary man of medicine.


5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Eminent Victorian
William Osler remains an iconic figure in American medicine.Osler is taken often to epitomize the physician who brings a crticial and scholarly approach to the bedside in conjunction with compassion and empathy.In this very well written biography, Bliss traces Osler's life, his achievements, and examines how he assumed iconic status and whether or not this status is deserved.Bliss is particularly well equipped to undertake this task.A well known specialist on Canadian history, he has written other fine books on medical history in a Canadian context.
Bliss presents Osler as a product of the rising British Victorian middle classes.The remarkable son of impressive parents, Osler was the son of an English naval officer turned Anglican minister and his equally intelligent wife.Raised in rural Ontario when this part of Canada was still a frontier, Osler's parents inculcated respect for learning, dedication to hard work, and clearly taught the value of community service.William Osler was not an outlier in this family.One of his brothers became a prominent businessman and two other brothers became important figures in Canadian law and politics.An early interest in natural history (biology) lead Osler to medicine.Trained in then provinicial Toronto and Montreal, he finished his education in some of the great teaching hospitals of Europe.Spotted by his mentors in Montreal as a future star, he was brought back to McGill to teach at the modest medical school.At McGill, Osler launched the career of careful clinical observation, pathologic correlation, and teaching that would propel him to the apex of his profession.His growing reputation led to appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and then to the nascent Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.At Hopkins, he became the first Professor of Clinical Medicine and introduced the teaching methods that revolutionized medical education in the USA.Relatively little of what Osler did was truly novel.Clinico-pathologic correlation has been standard method for expanding medical knowledge for decades and the clerkship method of teaching had been used in Britain and continental Europe for some time.Osler carried these methods to new heights.In his clinical practice, in his teaching, and in his great textbooks, Osler summarized and codified almost all of 19th century medicine.He was not a notable scientist, though his description and characterization of several important clinical conditions was very valuable, but he brought the best science of his time to the bedside and set clinical medicine on the course of drawing from systematic scientific work.In terms of his personal accomplishments and the example he set for his numerous trainees, his impact on 20th century medicine was immense.
Osler's reputation as a fine physician was deserved.Bliss shows him to be an warm and compassionate individual who was regarded often with great affection by his patients.Blessed with a generous and kindly personality, he enjoyed a wide circle of friends and a happy family life.In important respects, Osler exemplifies some of the most important and most admirable features of the Victorian period.His sense of virtue and service was very strong but he was not a prig and had relatively liberal values.Traveling in Germany towards the end of the 19th century, he noted and deplored rising anti-Semitism.He appears to have been devoid of overt anti-Semitic feelings and had a number of Jewish trainess, all of whom he appears to have treated with his usual combination of high expectations and civil behavior.Alone among the faculty at Hopkins, he supported the admission of women, though he did not really believe in female equality.Bliss spent years immersed in Osler's extensive writings and tremendously extensive correspondence, clearly likes and admires Osler, and his regard for Osler is reflected in the tone of this biography.

Osler was also that quintessential Canadian, the provincial boy who achieves fame on the wider stage of the USA or Britain.At the peak of his fame, he was the best known physician in the English speaking world and something of a minor celebrity.
Like all fine biographies, this book is about more than its central subject.It is valuable on the development of Canadian society, the growth of universities in the USA and Canada, the history of medicine, and the devastating impact of WWI.
This will be the standard biography of Osler and it is worthy of its subject. ... Read more


3. Osler's ""A Way of Life"" and Other Addresses, with Commentary and Annotations
by Sir William Osler
Hardcover: 408 Pages (2001-01-01)
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Sir William Osler (1849–1919) had a long anddistinguished career as a physician and professor at McGillUniversity, the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns HopkinsUniversity, and finally, as the Regius Chair in Medicine at OxfordUniversity. Over the course of his professional life, Osler gave manyaddresses—mostly to medical students—on medical ethics, medicineand the humanities, the relationship between the medical practitionerand the patient, and, as the titular essay makes clear, on the “wayof life” he advocated for the ethical physician. He remains aninspiration to many contemporary medical practitioners; there areactive Osler Societies throughout the world.

While Osler’s talks were frequently published during hislifetime and they have been published individually and in differentcompilations since his death, none contain the over 1500 annotationsthat appear here, notes that serve to explain the many philosophical,biblical, historical, and literary allusions contained in Osler’swritings.

This thoroughly explicated selection of Sir William Osler’swritings will be cherished by physicians, medical students, nurses,philosophers, theologians, and ethicists in this—andfuture—generations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars straight from the doctor's plume
If you are a student of medicine (current, former, or hopeful), chances are that you will read at least one essay, address, or other writing of Sir William Osler. And, like all students past, you won't have a clue about what in the world the good doctor was saying. Dr. Osler was a peerless medical scholar, an erudite man of letters whose vast learning towered over that of his contemporaries and even moreso of the doctors of today. He was to medicine what Samuel Johnson was to lexicography. Unless you have degrees in philosophy, philology, literature, and classics (in addition to medicine), you will most likely be just as confused as you will be inspired by Dr. Osler's writing.

Thankfully, we have this new book from Duke University Press. With more annotations than a Harvard Law Review issue, this well-selected sample of Dr. Osler's most well-known papers and addresses presents an effective "translation" to satisfy all medical scholars who, though they seek to emulate Osler's compassion and skill, just can't understand all of his references. When I first read "Aequanimitas," I felt like an ignoramus. After reading it again in this present volume, I felt like an enlightened student eager to carry the Aesculapian staff into the new milennium (or something like that). I highly recommend this book to all medical students and physicians who seek a model of professional excellence in Dr. Osler, but who have heretofore scratched their heads when reading his papers. Revisit "A Way of Life." Read the footnotes. Then don your white coat, tend to your patients, and be proud of the great American medical tradition set forth by Dr. Osler so many years ago. ... Read more


4. Osler's Bedside Library: Great Writers Who Inspired a Great Physician
by Michael A. LaCombe, David J. Elpern
Paperback: 362 Pages (2009-10-01)
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Regarded by many as the ideal medical practitioner, Sir William Osler was a great humanitarian who emphasized compassion for the individual. Osler often referred to his bedside library classic works as a guide to our inner education - inspiring one to be a great doctor with even greater humanity. Serving as an introduction to the world's great literature for physicians, this new volume features a collection of excerpts from the favorite books of Sir William Osler. To further supplement Osler s guidance, the editors have included excerpts from 20 other great works of literature. Each is introduced by a leader in medical humanities who discusses why these works have long been admired. ... Read more


5. The Evolution Of Modern Medicine
by William Osler
Hardcover: 156 Pages (2010-05-23)
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Born in 1682, Morgagni studied at Bologna under Valsalva and Albertini. In 1711, he was elected professor of medicine at Padua. He published numerous anatomical observations and several smaller works of less importance. The great work which has made his name immortal in the profession, appeared in his eightieth year, and represents the accumulated experience of a long life. Though written in the form of letters, the work is arranged systematically and has an index of exceptional value. From no section does one get a better idea of the character and scope of the work than from that relating to the heart and arteries--affections of the pericardium, diseases of the valves, ulceration, rupture, dilation and hypertrophy and affections of the aorta are very fully described. The section on aneurysm of the aorta remains one of the best ever written. ... Read more


6. The Quotable Osler, Deluxe Edition
by Mark, M.d. Silverman, T. Jock, M.D. Murray, Charles S., M.D. Bryan
Hardcover: 350 Pages (2008-04-15)
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This newly revised and updated deluxe leather bound edition features the addition of fifty new quotes, forty of which have never before been published, as well as a chronology of Osler s life! The Quotable Osler is the ideal resource for those seeking an apt quote for an article, presentation, or for those wanting to sample Osler s thought-provoking and uplifting messages. Osler s meaningful and valuable teachings are timeless, and this new paperback edition would make a fine gift for a fellow physician, medical student, or a graduating resident. ... Read more


7. The life of Sir William Osler
by Harvey Cushing
Hardcover: 685 Pages (1993)

Asin: B0006R4JHC
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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William Osler (1849-1919) is widely regarded as one of the most influential physicians of the late 19th and early 20th century and a key figure in the history of medicine. Besides his research activities and his dedicated scientific work, Osler's greatest contribution to the medical world has been the system of residency which he developed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, thus introducing a new and deeply humanistic approach to the strictly scientific realm of traditional medicine. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939), a former student and close friend of Osler's and a pioneer of neurosurgery, has himself become an icon of modern medicine. He was one of the first physicians to use x-rays for diagnosing brain tumours, he developed revolutionary methods of blood pressure measurement, and he discovered Cushing's syndrome, the first autoimmune disease identified in a human being. This monumental biography earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1926. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Megalomania On Call
Dr. Harvey Cushing wrote this book about his mentor, the Canadian physician Dr. William Osler. Once one gets past his breathless, fawning, hyperbolic style, the facts emerge: Osler was a maniac for human dissection. Any time of day or night, once someone expired they were thrown on the dissecting table and he put on a show for his many worshipful acolytes. No doubt, the human anatomy can only be studied by dissection...but did he have to relish it? I was interested in reading this book because of a quote excerpted from it in the 1960's Time/Life series, The Physician. Unfortunately the author of that book chose to do a "...." quotation that made Osler look like he cared for a patient, an indigent black man who had a fatal disease. Reading the entire text, it is clear that he only wanted to cut him up after the fact for his own morbid curiosity. A great example of how quotations can be misrepresented. In short, the book was overly long but illuminating. Cushing did not seem to use good sense in his portrait of the man, but perhaps his view of him as untouchable and unquestionable led to his many lapses of judgement in sharing so many strange stories. The only triumph is that Osler never had a disease named after him, no doubt a slice of immortality that he craved. He has a sad substitute, the minor "Osler's Sign". If you liked this book, you might enjoy "Sweeney Todd"

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical perspective about a man and his works
This textbook, for that is what it really is, will enrapture the novice and expert seeker of medical history.Dr. Cushing has written about Dr. Osler in a honest, warm and human manner.Current students of medicine will revel in the tidbits of knowledge and in the practice of medicine in the early 1900's.Dr. Osler's life and his exploits are legendary in the medical community and this book gives tribute to a person who touched others in a most positive manner.Required reading for all M.D.'s. ... Read more


8. Osler: Inspirations from a Great Physician
by Charles S. Bryan
Hardcover: 280 Pages (1997-03-20)
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Sir William Osler (1849-1919), one of the world's most influential physicians at the turn of the twentieth century, remained popular long after his death largely due to his inspirational texts. Regretfully, changing times and literary tastes have lessened the impact of Osler's addresses despite the timelessness of his ideals and practical advice. Charles Bryan has successfully mended the disfavor in the present volume. Framing the great physician's message in contemporary, easily accessible terms, he allows modern readers to rediscover the immense appeal and pragmatism of Osler's invigorating writings.

Osler emerges as a real-life human being, not a paper saint, but a person who sought the best from his culture and knowledge, and managed to give his best in return. Readers will find this book useful not only as an index to Oslerian thought but also as a guide to principle-based yet pragmatic everyday living. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A personal development textlike no other
This book is truly a treasure trove of inspiration.

Having read a remarkable biography of William Osler, William Osler: A Life in Medicine by Michael Bliss, late last year, the author seemed to capture the almost magical charisma that Osler possessed according to the hundreds of testimonies from colleagues, students and friends.

This biography is an inspiration, and it is without doubt that William Osler is the most influential and famous physician of the early twentieth century. But what was it about the man and his habits that inspired so many other famous physicians and scholars including his first biographer, Dr. Harvey Cushing, the icon and international pioneer of brain surgery? (see another Bliss biography on the great brain surgeon, Harvey Cushing: A Life in Surgery) Osler left only one scholarly text, THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINE., however, for its time, the text became the most important reference for physicians across the world. (Currently a collectors piece) This terrifically constructed text by physician Charles S. Bryan is a labour of gratitude to its subject, gleaning from Osler's many speeches, diaries, biographies and the thousands of articles which the old doctor published, to pass on William Osler's successful habits, attitude of mind where,

"His unique blend of clinical competence, easy familiarity with the liberal arts, energy, charisma, and idealism made him something of a symbol of humanism in medicine for physicians and laypersons alike."

Dr. Bryan has organized these inspirations under specific headings, for example:

Manage Time Well

Find a Calling

Find Mentors

Care Carefully

Learn and Teach

For me, really, the most inspiring chapters are Communicate "Secrets of the Heart" and Learn and Teach "Driving Plato's Horses". It is in these chapters that Osler emphasised the importance of learning to write well, learning to speak well and that necessary skill for the physician, learning to listen.

William Osler, similar to other men in history of mammoth achievement, managed his time well, sometimes to the minute. Osler called this habit "day-time-compartments", flawless organization and the love of work.

This book is a "personal development" text like no other, practical skills to learn and the creation of positive habits that can lead to a more meaningful, productive and successful life.

Highly recommended for students of the medicos and anyone wanting to learn the values and successful habits of one of the great physicians of the twentieth century. ... Read more


9. The life of Sir William Osler, Volume 1
by Harvey Cushing
Paperback: 700 Pages (2010-10-06)
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William Osler (1849-1919) is widely regarded as one of the most influential physicians of the late 19th and early 20th century and a key figure in the history of medicine. Besides his research activities and his dedicated scientific work, Osler's greatest contribution to the medical world has been the system of residency which he developed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, thus introducing a new and deeply humanistic approach to the strictly scientific realm of traditional medicine. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939), a former student and close friend of Osler's and a pioneer of neurosurgery, has himself become an icon of modern medicine. He was one of the first physicians to use x-rays for diagnosing brain tumours, he developed revolutionary methods of blood pressure measurement, and he discovered Cushing's syndrome, the first autoimmune disease identified in a human being. This monumental biography earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1926. ... Read more


10. The Life Of Sir William Osler V2
by Harvey Cushing
Hardcover: 782 Pages (2010-05-23)
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Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone! ... Read more


11. The life of Sir William Osler, Volume 2
by Harvey Cushing
Paperback: 696 Pages (2010-07-20)
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William Osler (1849-1919) is widely regarded as one of the most influential physicians of the late 19th and early 20th century and a key figure in the history of medicine. Besides his research activities and his dedicated scientific work, Osler's greatest contribution to the medical world has been the system of residency which he developed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, thus introducing a new and deeply humanistic approach to the strictly scientific realm of traditional medicine. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939), a former student and close friend of Osler's and a pioneer of neurosurgery, has himself become an icon of modern medicine. He was one of the first physicians to use x-rays for diagnosing brain tumours, he developed revolutionary methods of blood pressure measurement, and he discovered Cushing's syndrome, the first autoimmune disease identified in a human being. This monumental biography earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1926. ... Read more


12. The principles and practice of medicine: Designed for the use of practitioners and students of medicine
by William Osler
 Hardcover: 1079 Pages (1978)

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13. A Way of Life
by William Osler
Paperback: 64 Pages (2009-06-04)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money!
This tiny book is way overpriced. If you want to get the whole idea of the speech, buy Dale Carnegie's "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living", which is much cheaper and much more valuable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life in day-tight compartments.
Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey, to name two self-help authors, were quite impressed with Dr. Osler's plan for a happy, successful life, which is summed up by the maxim: "Live in day-tight compartments."Full of flowery classical references, Dr. Osler's speech to the Yale graduating class of 1913 remains pleasant and inspirational, and if you'd like to know just a little bit more about Osler than his physical sign of endocarditis, it makes a fun read.

It's a "charming little book," practically new-polished with the rough pumice stone (reading Ivy League commencement addresses makes me quote Catullus.So sue me) - and it's pretty, bound in tan vinyl.I really would take exception to the type face, though, a too-cute number called Goudy Mediæval.It looks like something an old lady fond of antimacassars would call 'elegant.'

Would make a super gift for a college - or med school - grad!

5-0 out of 5 stars One day at a time.
The book is the text of an address that Sir William Osler gave at Yale University in 1913.He recommends approaching life as a series of "day-tight compartments," which he likens to the water-tight compartments that keep a ship afloat.(Interesting analogy just a year after the Titanic sank.)

His point is that worrying about either the past or the future is a burden that does nothing but reduce your effectiveness.If you focus your attention on what you have to do today, then over time, a string of successful days will make for a successful life.He quotes Thomas Carlyle:"Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."

Osler primarily attributes his own success not to talent or intelligence, but to good habits, consistently practiced, day after day after day.This is a small book filled with simple, eloquent wisdom that is every bit as applicable today as it was in 1913.

5-0 out of 5 stars Walt Whitman's physician wisely prescribes compartmentalizn'
He concludes with a moment with Walt Whitman who "never spoke to me much of his poems though occasionally he would make a quotation;but I remember late one summer afternoon as we sat in the window of his littlehouse in Camden there passed a group of workmen whom he greeted in hisusual way. And then he said: 'Ah, the glory of the day's work, whether withhand or brain! I have tried

To exalt the present and the real, To teach the average man the glory of his daily work ortrade.'

Dr. Osler concludes:"In this way of life each one of youmay learn to drive the straight furrow and so come to the true measure of aman." ... Read more


14. Walt Whitman and Sir William Osler: A Poet and His Physician
by Philip Leon
Paperback: 212 Pages (1995-11-01)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$36.00
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Asin: 155022252X
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In 1919, Sir William Osler, M.D., born in Ontario, was the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University and the most famous medical doctor in the English-speaking world. In that year he wrote his Reminiscences about his personal and professional relationship 30 years earlier with the American poet Walt Whitman. Dr. Osler died before his manuscript could be published. Now, thanks to the exclusive permission granted by the Board of Curators of the Osler Library at McGill University, Philip W. Leon presents for the first time the complete text of Osler's Reminiscences, revealing the extent of the doctor's relationship with Walt Whitman. ... Read more


15. Aequanimitas, With Other Addresses to Medical Students, Nurses and Practitioners of Medicine
by Sir William Osler
Paperback: 208 Pages (2010-10-14)
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Asin: 1458803295
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This is an OCR edition without illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from GeneralBooksClub.com. You can also preview excerpts from the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Published by: Blakiston in 1910 in 497 pages; Subjects: Medicine; Medical / General; Medical / Dictionaries & Terminology; Medical / Education & Training; Medical / History; Medical / Reference; Medical / Research; ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars General Books LLC Edition is a disgrace
This edition of Osler's Aequanimitas by General Books LLC is a complete disaster! It looks like the publishers simply took some version of Osler's work created on a text-recognition scan of an old book and put it between covers, without even a cursory edit of the result. First of all, there is no proper table of contents, the different essays just start and stop within the text without so much as a title, a page break and in some cases even a paragraph break! Second, the book is a mess of typos, and I mean terrible typos, virtually on every line. There are errors in spelling ("Robert Lotus Stevenson") consistent punctuation/formatting errors (random characters, no doubt representing punctuation the scanner couldn't recognize, are strewn throughout the text), even multiple paragraph breaks in the middle of a sentence! I can tolerate the occasional mistake but I was driven to distraction by the number of errors. Third, there appear to be essays missing, although it is difficult to confirm the contents of the book for sure since there is no table of contents.

Incidentally, the version of the book that I got looks nothing the "Look Inside" version displayed on Amazon, which is an actual scan of the original book pages. The version I received has a modern typeface and content that appears to be derived from a text-recognition scan of the original book, but without a human even bothering to look at the error-riddled result. I have been a faithful customer of Amazon for over ten years but I am appalled by the complete absence of quality control they imposed on this publisher. What's next, classics of foreign-language literature by machine translation?

5-0 out of 5 stars Osler the great physician!
"Aequanimitas" is the very book must be read by all the medical students all over the world!The spirits of Osler is in this book, and will be in all the mind of the students who read it. ... Read more


16. The Life of Sir William Osler
by Harvey Cushing
 Hardcover: Pages (1925)

Asin: B001153X3E
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17. Doctors Work: The Legacy of Sir William Osler
by Ted Grant
 Hardcover: 256 Pages (1905-06-25)
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Asin: 1422350762
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A photographic tribute to the man who changed the practice of medicine.

A little over a hundred years ago, becoming a doctor was dangerously easy. Admission requirements for training were low and the M.D. was automatically given after the second term, regardless of the student's academic performance. Teaching was by lecture alone, and a student could graduate without ever seeing a patient.

Within the space of his lifetime William Osler (1849-1919) worked tirelessly to change medical schools from trade schools into intellectually demanding academic institutions. Osler founded the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and later became a professor emeritus of medicine at Oxford University.

Doctors' Work shows how one remarkable man revolutionized medical schools and redefined the physician-patient relationship.

A biographical profile of Osler is followed by photographs of physicians, nurses, and medical technicians at work. Photographed by Ted Grant using extremely high-speed film and virtually silent cameras, these images capture the compassion and dedication of front-line healthcare professionals. Each photograph is accompanied with an insightful quotation by Osler, Pasteur, Curie, Einstein, Nightingale, and many others.

Through words and photographs, Doctors' Work is a celebration of MDs, RNs and health care professionals everywhere. ... Read more


18. A Great Physician And Medical Humanist: A Review Of Harvey Cushing's Life Of Sir William Osler
by William H. Welch
Hardcover: 50 Pages (2010-05-22)
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Asin: 1161635718
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Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone! ... Read more


19. Life & Times of Rembrandt/Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning/Sir William Osler/An Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Reader's Digest Family Treasury of Great Biographies, Volume 1)
by Hendrick Willem Van Loon, Frances Winwar, Edith Gittings Reid, Benjamin Franklin
 Hardcover: Pages (1971)
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Asin: B000BUP5RC
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20. William Osler's The master-word in medicine;: A study in rhetoric
by William Osler
 Hardcover: 34 Pages (1972)

Isbn: 039802393X
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