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Sir William Osler (1849–1919) had a long and distinguished career as a physician and professor at McGill University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins University, and finally, as the Regius Chair in Medicine at Oxford University. Over the course of his professional life, Osler gave many addresses—mostly to medical students—on medical ethics, medicine and th Sir William Osler (1849–1919) had a long and distinguished career as a physician and professor at McGill University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins University, and finally, as the Regius Chair in Medicine at Oxford University. Over the course of his professional life, Osler gave many addresses—mostly to medical students—on medical ethics, medicine and the humanities, the relationship between the medical practitioner and the patient, and, as the titular essay makes clear, on the “way of life” he advocated for the ethical physician. He remains an inspiration to many contemporary medical practitioners; there are active Osler Societies throughout the world. While Osler’s talks were frequently published during his lifetime and they have been published individually and in different compilations since his death, none contain the over 1500 annotations that appear here, notes that serve to explain the many philosophical, biblical, historical, and literary allusions contained in Osler’s writings. This thoroughly explicated selection of Sir William Osler’s writings will be cherished by physicians, medical students, nurses, philosophers, theologians, and ethicists in this—and future—generations.


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Sir William Osler (1849–1919) had a long and distinguished career as a physician and professor at McGill University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins University, and finally, as the Regius Chair in Medicine at Oxford University. Over the course of his professional life, Osler gave many addresses—mostly to medical students—on medical ethics, medicine and th Sir William Osler (1849–1919) had a long and distinguished career as a physician and professor at McGill University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins University, and finally, as the Regius Chair in Medicine at Oxford University. Over the course of his professional life, Osler gave many addresses—mostly to medical students—on medical ethics, medicine and the humanities, the relationship between the medical practitioner and the patient, and, as the titular essay makes clear, on the “way of life” he advocated for the ethical physician. He remains an inspiration to many contemporary medical practitioners; there are active Osler Societies throughout the world. While Osler’s talks were frequently published during his lifetime and they have been published individually and in different compilations since his death, none contain the over 1500 annotations that appear here, notes that serve to explain the many philosophical, biblical, historical, and literary allusions contained in Osler’s writings. This thoroughly explicated selection of Sir William Osler’s writings will be cherished by physicians, medical students, nurses, philosophers, theologians, and ethicists in this—and future—generations.

30 review for Osler's A Way of Life and Other Addresses, with Commentary and Annotations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    There are some bits of advice and wording that are antiquated, such as references to a mystic East and an exclusive concentration on men's roles in academia and the larger world, but all in all, this speech contains very sound advice. My favorite section addressed the college student's need for constant hurry, something which only breeds anxiety. Now we see this as almost asinine: our world requires the ability to provide instant satisfaction and to hurry. But, especially in these modern times, There are some bits of advice and wording that are antiquated, such as references to a mystic East and an exclusive concentration on men's roles in academia and the larger world, but all in all, this speech contains very sound advice. My favorite section addressed the college student's need for constant hurry, something which only breeds anxiety. Now we see this as almost asinine: our world requires the ability to provide instant satisfaction and to hurry. But, especially in these modern times, Osler's call for moderation and thoroughness ring true. I picked this up at a book sale, all faded and scuffed. I would have loved to have been there myself.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Keating

    I got this little book off my mom's bookcase a long time ago. Full of lots of advice on how to live one day at a time, and to mind your health. Relax and chill. Be good. That sort of stuff. It was an uplifting read which I will probably give to my eldest so she can guiltily keep it on her shelf for years and eventually read. I got this little book off my mom's bookcase a long time ago. Full of lots of advice on how to live one day at a time, and to mind your health. Relax and chill. Be good. That sort of stuff. It was an uplifting read which I will probably give to my eldest so she can guiltily keep it on her shelf for years and eventually read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Stinebaugh

    A good brief reminder on the steps to excellence.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yufei Ge

    A gift from a beloved mentor - Dr.Arati Karnik This is a speech so it's pretty short - 30 pages or so. Osler's a figurehead in medicine and this is my first time really reading anything from him outside of a few famous quotes. Not quite the message I was expecting, but somehow I feel that adds to the profundity even more. I won't spoil it but it's a very humble message coming from someone who is so great. A gift from a beloved mentor - Dr.Arati Karnik This is a speech so it's pretty short - 30 pages or so. Osler's a figurehead in medicine and this is my first time really reading anything from him outside of a few famous quotes. Not quite the message I was expecting, but somehow I feel that adds to the profundity even more. I won't spoil it but it's a very humble message coming from someone who is so great.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Richard Wardrop

    Everyone should read this. It’s amazing. This is the first time to have actually read this but have been aquatinted with many quotes from this for some time. I will ready and study this many more times I am sure.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Life shall be lived every moment, every hour of the day. 3-4 hours of devoted focus will make students thrive.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debora Grion

    60 páginas de osler falando com você :) deve ter sido um belo discurso.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robert A.

    I found the information in this book still relevant in 2019

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maha Saliba

    chemical links,,an all of emotions ,,biorythmic curves,,biological time,,deep souls,,one in all and all in one ,,ill without desease,, medicines without diagnosis,,that` s me that`s what medical research is still look to solve it... chemical links,,an all of emotions ,,biorythmic curves,,biological time,,deep souls,,one in all and all in one ,,ill without desease,, medicines without diagnosis,,that` s me that`s what medical research is still look to solve it...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aj

    A bit dated in parts, but contains some solid advice. Particularly like Oslers thoughts on habit and learning.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Weller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Live life on a day-to-day basis. Osler uses the Christian principle of living in the now, and not in the past or the future. Concentrate for today.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ida Aasebøstøl

    3 point something. Day tight compartments, sir yes sir.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nick Yee

    A straight forward address that transcends medicine.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    The best commencement speech, and one to which I actually paid attention!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Kauffman

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denise List-king

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Lowe Lappen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anirudh

  21. 5 out of 5

    M

  22. 5 out of 5

    Md Tarique Khan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dan Chambers

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rose&Share

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Lavallee

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  27. 5 out of 5

    Doug

  28. 5 out of 5

    Izzy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matthew R Holland

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shajahan Idayathulla

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