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Osler, Lyman, and Page: A Tale of Three Texts

Charles S. Bryan, MD
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© 1992 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(12_Part_1):1021-1024. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-116-12-1021
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During the organizational period of internal medicine in the United States, no person and no work had greater influence than William Osler and his 1892 masterpiece The Principles and Practice of Medicine (1, 2). Largely forgotten are two physicians—Henry Munson Lyman of Chicago and Richard Channing Moore Page of New York—whose misfortune it was to launch new textbooks with similar titles that same year (Figure 1) (3, 4). Professional standing at the time does not explain these disparate outcomes. When his textbook appeared, Osler had spent fewer than 8 of his 42 years in the United States and the school


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