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The interest a great man's life and work holds for posterity may depend more on the spirit and commitment of those who follow him than on evaluation of the significance of his work for later ideas. In the case of Osler, his influence on clinical medicine after his time has stemmed mainly from his conduct, his scholarship, and his leadership and not from bulk and eminence of contribution in medical science. From our position on the upward slope of biochemistry and chemotherapy such figures as Abel, Dale, Garrod, and Koch each appear to have had far more of a hand
Osler's Textbook Revisited.Principles of Internal Medicine.The Principles and Practice of Medicine: A Textbook for Students and Doctors.. Ann Intern Med. ;66:1296–1298. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-6-1296_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(6):1296-1298.
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