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
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HARRELL GT. 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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