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William Osler
William Osler

William Osler was a highly respected physician, professor and writer who authored "The Principles and Practice of Medicine" in 1892, which served as the standard clinical medicine text for 40 years. Osler served for a time as professor at McGill University before serving as professor of clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He was named physician in chief of the new Johns Ho…

Date of Birth: July 12, 1849
Date of Death: December 29, 1919


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"We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it." William Osler
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"We are constantly misled by the ease with which our minds fall into the ruts of one or two experiences" William Osler
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"In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions." William Osler
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"Advice is sought to confirm a position already taken." William Osler
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"Save the fleeting minute; learn gracefully to dodge the bore." William Osler
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"Things cannot always go your way. Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity and consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaint." William Osler
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"There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs." William Osler
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"The search for static security - in the law and elsewhere - is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts." William Osler
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"The higher education so much needed today is not given in the school, is not to be bought in the market place, but it has to be wrought out in each one of us for himself; it is the silent influence of character on character." William Osler
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"The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow." William Osler
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"In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs." William Osler
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"The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases." William Osler
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"The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals." William Osler
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"Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours" William Osler
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"Care more for the individual patient than for the special features of the disease. . . . Put yourself in his place . . . The kindly word, the cheerful greeting, the sympathetic look -- these the patient understands." William Osler
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"Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows." William Osler
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"Here's the advice Sir William Osler gave the students at Yale: "Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day absorb all your interest, energy and enthusiasm. The best preparation for tomorrow is to live today superbly well."" William Osler
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"Medicine is learned by the bedside and not in the classroom. Let not your conceptions of disease come from words heard in the lecture room or read from the book. See, and then reason and compare and control. But see first." William Osler
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"The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease" William Osler
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"One finger in the throat and one in the rectum makes a good diagnostician." William Osler
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"Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability." William Osler
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