Quote of the Week: Sir William Osler

“But whatever you do, take neither yourselves nor your fellow-creatures too seriously. There is tragedy enough in our daily routine, but there is room too for a keen sense of the absurdities and incongruities of life, and in the shifting panorama no one sees better than the doctor the perennial sameness of men’s ways.”

William Osler: The Reserves of Life. St. Mary’s Hospital gazette 1907;13:95-8

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  2 comments for “Quote of the Week: Sir William Osler

  1. Kurt
    March 27, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Died from the Great Influenza. He had a twisted sense of humor that irked his wife by saying
    he regretted he would be unavailable to attend his own autopsy! What a guy!
    I remember in New Orleans at the then Tulane hospital the residents touted an old attending who could tell by looking at a new patient and could tell what heart valvular disease they had without
    auscultation. Some of those Bayou people rarely crawled out of the swamp but when they did, the sick ones were really sick.

  2. Stephen Rockower, MD
    March 21, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Thanks. Osler was President 47 of the Maryland Medical Society. I was 169…

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