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I have had three personal ideals.One is to do the day's work well and not to bother about to-morrow.  It's been urged that this is not a satisfactory ideal. It is; and there is not one which the student could carry with them into practice with greater affect. To it, more than to anything else, I owe whatever success I've had -- to this power of settling down to the day's work and trying to do it well to the best of one's ability, and letting the future take care of itself.

The second ideal has been to act the Golden Rule, as far as in me lay, towards my professional brother and towards the patient committed to my care.

And the third has been to cultivate such a measure of equanimity as would enable me to bear success with humility, the affection of my friends without pride and to be ready, when the day of sorrow and grief came,to meet it with the courage befitting a man .

…Osler, Aequanimitas, Pg 450

So far as my observation goes there are three chief causes for the quarrels of doctors. The first is a lack of proper friendly intercourse, by which alone we can know each other. It's the duty of the older man to look on the younger one who settles near him not as his rival, but as a son.  He will do to you just what you did to the old practitioner when, as a young man, you started--- get a good many of your cases;but if you have the sense to realize that this is inevitable, unavoidable, and the way of the world, and if you have the sense to talk over, in a friendly way ,the first delicate situation that arises, the difficulties will disappear and recurrences may be made impossible.

Young men should be tender with the sensibilities of their seniors deferring to their judgment and taking counsel with them.  If young graduates could be taken more frequently as assistants or partners the work of the profession will be much lightened and it would promote amity and good fellowship.

A man of whom you may have heard as the incarnation of unprofessional conduct and who has been held up as an example of all that is pernicious may be, in reality, a very good fellow, the victim of petty jealousies, the mark of the arrows of a rival faction and you may, on better acquaintance, find that he loves his wife and is devoted to his children and that there are people who respect and esteem him.  After all, the attitude of mind is the all-important factor in the promotion of concord. When a man is praised, or when a young man has done a good bit of work in your special branch, be thankful--- it is for the common good.Envy, that pain of the soul, as Plato calls it, should never for a moment afflict a man of generous instincts who has a sane outlook on life.  The men of rival schools should deliberately cultivate the acquaintance of each other and encourage their students and the junior teachers to fraternize.  If you hear that a young fellow just starting has made mistakes or is a little “off-color” go out of your way to say a good word to him, or for him. It's the only cure; any other treatment only aggravates the malady.

.....Osler, Aequanimitas, Pg 440.

“Tis no idle challenge which we physicians throw out to the world when we claim that our mission is of the highest and noblest kind,not alone in curing disease but in educating the people in the laws of health,and in preventing the spread of plagues and pestilence; nor can it be gainsaid that of late years our record as a body has been more encouraging in its practical results than those of the other learned professions.  Not that we all live up to the highest ideals,far from it--we are only men.But we have ideals, which mean much,and they are realizable, which means more.  Of course there are Gehazis among us who serve for shekels, whose ears only hear lowing of the oxen and the jiggling of the guineas,but these are exceptions.  The rank-and-file labour earnestly for your good, and self-sacrificing devotion to your interests animates our best work.

…..Osler, Aequanimitas, Pg 119

Each age has its own spirits and ideas, just as it has its own manners and pleasures. You are right to believe that yours is the best University, at its best period. Why should you look back to be shocked at the frowziness and dullness of the students of the seventies or even of the nineties?  And cast no thought forward, lest you reach a period when you and yours will present to your successors the same dowdiness of clothes and times.  But, while change is the law, certain great ideas flow fresh through the ages, and control us effectually as in the days of Pericles.  Mankind, it has been said, is always advancing, yet man is always the same.  The love, hope, fear, and faith that make humanity, and the elemental passions of the human heart, remain unchanged and the secret of inspiration in any literature is the capacity to touch the chord that vibrates in asympathy that knows no time or place.

….Osler, A Way of Life.