Osler's A Way of Life and Other Addresses, with Commentary by Sir William Osler

By Sir William Osler

Sir William Osler (1849–1919) had an extended and distinctive profession as a doctor and professor at McGill collage, the collage of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins collage, and at last, because the Regius Chair in drugs at Oxford collage. Over the process his expert existence, Osler gave many addresses—mostly to clinical students—on clinical ethics, drugs and the arts, the connection among the scientific practitioner and the sufferer, and, because the titular essay makes transparent, at the “way of lifestyles” he recommended for the moral health care professional. He continues to be an idea to many modern scientific practitioners; there are energetic Osler Societies in the course of the international.
While Osler’s talks have been usually released in the course of his lifetime they usually were released separately and in numerous compilations due to the fact his dying, none comprise the over 1500 annotations that seem right here, notes that serve to give an explanation for the numerous philosophical, biblical, ancient, and literary allusions contained in Osler’s writings.
This completely explicated choice of Sir William Osler’s writings should be loved through physicians, clinical scholars, nurses, philosophers, theologians, and ethicists in this—and future—generations.

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And then he said: ‘Ah, the glory of the day’s work, whether with hand or brain! ’ 77 In this way of life each one of you may learn to drive the straight furrow and so come to the true measure of a man.      V With body and mind in training, what remains? Do you remember that most touching of all incidents in Christ’s ministry, when the anxious ruler Nicodemus 78 came by night, worried lest the things that pertained to his everlasting peace were not a part of his busy and successful life?

Manufactured ‘‘Warner’s Safe Kidney and Liver Cure,’’ which became popular among people of the day. Osler here refers to quack medicines. Stewart Hall Holbrook, The Golden Age of Quackery (New York: Macmillan, ), p. . the uncertainty which pertains not alone to our science and art, but to the very hopes and fears which make us men. In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable, and must be content with finding broken portions. You remember in the Egyptian story, how Typhon with his conspirators dealt with good Osiris;19 how they took the virgin Truth, hewed her lovely form into a thousand pieces, and scattered them to the four winds; and, as Milton says, ‘‘from that time ever since, the sad friends of truth, such as durst appear, imitating the careful search that Isis made for the mangled body of Osiris, went up and down gathering up limb by limb still as they could find them.

Mine, in good faith I say it, are of the most mediocre character. But what about those professorships, &c.? Just habit, a way of life, an outcome of the day’s work, the vital importance of which I wish to impress upon you with all the force at my command. Dr. ’ 15 This was my . Plutarch, Moralia: On Moral Virtues, trans. W. C. : Harvard University Press, ), vol. , p. . . Osler coined this term from the watertight compartments in ships. . See p. . . Osler, the youngest son in a family of nine children, was born in a parsonage at Bond Head, Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

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