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History of Medicine |

Osler's Rough Edge

CHARLES G. ROLAND, M.D.
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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Charles G. Roland, M.D., Section of Publications, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55901.


Rochester, Minnesota


Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(5):690-692. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-81-5-690
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A man who accomplished as much as Osler did, and who influenced as many colleagues and students, almost inevitably acquires a patina of perfection after his death. Yet Osler was not flawless. He could, for example, be vigorously and publicly outspoken, writing or speaking in a manner that belies any image of unremitting kindliness. Several instances of such behavior are itemized and discussed, not to belittle a genuinely great man, but to emphasize his humanness and his reality.

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