Department of Pathology History

By Ralph H. Hruban, M.D.
with sound by Jon Christofersen

Sir William OslerWelcome to an Osler Minute. Sir William Osler was arguably the greatest physician North America has ever produced. Together with William Welch, William Stewart Halsted and Howard Kelly, Osler was one of the "Big Four" founding doctors of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine. He was also a great philosopher of medicine, and in many ways helped define what it means to be a physician in the modern era. We have created these Osler Minutes to, in some small way, promulgate the teachings of this great physician.

References and Suggested Readings:

  • Bliss, Michael (1999). William Osler : a life in medicine. Oxford University Press, New York
  • Cushing, Harvey (1925). The Life of Sir William Osler. Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Bryan, Charles (1997). Osler: Inspirations from a great physician. Oxford University Press, New York
  • Hinohara, Shigeaki and Niki, Hisae (2001). Osler's "A way of life" and other addresses, with commentary and annotations. Duke University Press
  • Silverman, Mark (2008). The quotable Osler. American College of Physicians. Philadelphia.