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Dr. Steinzeig,

Wow, what an incredible idea! I thoroughly enjoyed your article in the recent Medical Bulletin (See, " Why We Need Osler Today" on this website) and couldn't agree with you more about the benefit to our profession, and society as a whole, of medical students being exposed to the principles of Sir William Osler. And I can't think of a better vehicle than through a group of retired physicians.
My husband and I are both physicians, and are blessed to be the third generation of physicians in our family. The intangibles that we have been exposed to through stories from both my husband's father and grandfather are priceless. There is a grace and a wisdom that develops with experience. I can't recall the number of times that we have shared our struggles with my father-in-law and have come out of a conversation with a different and enlightened perspective.
We actually have a copy of my husband's grandfathers "Aequanimitas" on the shelf in our study, and fittingly that was the title of a letter to the editor memorializing him in the Emporia Gazette after his death. He truly patterned his life after Osler, and we were privileged to have watched him live it. My father in law is still practicing medicine and routinely we will run into someone who shares a touching "art" of medicine story about him. I just hope that every once in a while, that the lessons I have learned through the two of them is apparent in my work.
Thank you for your efforts to pass these subtle, but game changing nuances of medicine to another generation of physicians.

Respectfully, Meya Kindred, MD