Canadian pathologist, physician, educator, bibliophile, historian, author, cofounder of Johns Hopkins Hospital
Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet, was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Osler created the first residency program for specialty training of physicians, and he was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. He has frequently been described as the Father of Modern Medicine and one of the "greatest diagnosticians ever to wield a stethoscope". Osler was a person of many interests, who in addition to being a physician, was a bibliophile, historian, author, and renowned practical joker. Outside of medicine, he was passionate about medical libraries and medical history and among his achievements were the founding of the History of Medicine Society, at the Royal Society of Medicine, London. In the field of librarianship he was instrumental in founding the Medical Library Association of Great Britain and Ireland, the Association of Medical Librarians with three others, including Margaret Charlton, the medical librarian of his alma mater, McGill University. He left his large history of medicine library to McGill, where it continues to exist as the Osler Library.
William Osler Quotes
Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.
No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.
The future is today.
The good physician treats the disease the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
Perhaps no sin so easily besets us as a sense of self-satisfied superiority to others.
Faith is a most precious commodity, without which we should be very badly off.
In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
Gentlemen, I have a confession to make. Half of what we have taught you is in error, and furthermore we cannot tell you which half it is.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.