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 Sir William Osler (1849-1919 )

 

·         best-known physician in the English-speaking world at the turn of the century, called the "most influential physician in history"

·         born on July 12,1849 at Bond Head, Canada West (now Ontario)

·         died on Dec 29, 1919, Oxford, England

·         raised in Dundas, Canada West

·         trained in medicine at the Univeristy of Toronto and McGill

·         obtained an MD at McGill in1872

·         postgraduate training in England and Europe began teaching medicine and pathology at McGill

·         in 1889 he became the first professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University

·         expert in diagnosis of diseases of the heart, lungs and blood

·         wrote the textbook The Principles and Practice of Medicine in 1892 (and frequently revised); it was considered authoritative for more than 30 years

·         combined physiological and psychological treatment of patients

·         emphasized the importance of the patients state of mind in acheiving a cure

·         called the father of psychosomatic medicine

·         helped create the system of postgraduate training for physicians that is followed to this day

·         emphasized the need for medical students to spend time with patients

·         published extensively and built international reputation as an astute and humane clinician

·         made contributions to knowledge in a wide spectrum of clinical fields

·         stimulated students who later became leaders of the medical profession

·         his description of the inadequacy of treatment methods for most disorders was a major factor leading to the creation of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York

·         moved to England in 1905 to take up the Regius Chair of Medicine, which he held until his death