Item 023 - Letter to Alexander Dougall Blackader, January 30, 1917

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Letter to Alexander Dougall Blackader, January 30, 1917

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CA OSLER P417-3-3-123-023

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  • January 30, 1917 (Creation)
    Osler, William, Sir, 1849-1919
    Oxford (England)

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A major figure in modern medical history, Sir William Osler is well known as a scientific researcher, a great medical pedagogue, a humanist, and an advocate for a patient-centered approach to medicine.

Born in Bond Head, Ontario in 1849, Osler earned his medical degree at McGill University, and later taught at McGill's Faculty of Medicine from 1874 until 1884. Osler then joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he was appointed Chair of Clinical Medicine, before becoming Physician-in-Chief and one of the "Big Four" founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital and medical school in Baltimore – the first school of its kind to train medical students in a modern residency program. Osler finished his career as Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, where he was also able to devote time to his passion for book collecting. His library of nearly eight thousand rare and historic works of the history of medicine and science is known as the Bibliotheca Osleriana, documented by a published catalogue of the same title.

Sir William Osler was knighted in 1911 in recognition to his contributions to medical science and teaching. His library of 7600 volumes on the history of medicine and science bequeathed to McGill University forms the nucleus of the present Osler Library of the History of Medicine. His life and contributions to medicine are described in detail in the Pulitzer-Prize winning biography Life of Sir William Osler (London: Oxford University Press, 1925) by Harvey Cushing.

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Letter to Alexander Dougall Blackader from William Osler, 13, Norham Gardens, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Glad that they have decided to hold the Canadian Medical Association, does not approve the lapse. Will ask Russell and others to send papers. Malloch and Mayo have wonderful specimens of heart. The British Medical Journal has all the references to the articles published in the Insurance act and in the Medical Profession. Comments on the Research Committee. Regrets not to have seen his wife, but he was hard pressed and troubled over the CAMC business. Realizes how their heart must ache. Mentions Revere. The latter keeps well, but the worst is still to come. Will remember the memorial library. Civilities.

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Cushing's colour code: White (Correspondence)

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