GEORGE T. HARRELL, M.D., F.A.C.P.
William Osler has been idolized in the writings of former students. This impression of a man too good to be true, without fault, always charitable, who never gossiped or spoke ill of anyone has been perpetuated by authors who never knew him firsthand. A paper in this issue by a distinguished scholar in medical history examines a "rough edge" and brings the famous physician into better perspective as a real person with human frailties (1).
Roland cites instances of harsh words directed at students, practicing physicians, authors, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and public figures. Osler apparently felt it was good
GEORGE T. HARRELL. Osler as a Real Person. Ann Intern Med. 1974;81:697–698. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-5-697
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(5):697-698.
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