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Sir William Osler

Sir William Osler (1849-1919)

SIR WILLIAM OSLER (1849-1919) was born in Bond Head, Canada. He received his M.D. in 1872 from McGill University in Montreal. He first taught physiology at McGill, then clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and then became professor of medicine in the newly founded Johns Hopkins Medical School. In 1892 he published his popular Principles and Practice of Medicine, which went through eight editions during his lifetime. He was elected and served as the second President of the Medical Library Association from 1901-1904. He concluded his teaching career by becoming Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford in 1905. Osler achieved fame as a teacher, investigator, author, scholar, and bibliophile, and is remembered by his students and their students with great admiration and love.

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