An Astute Observer

Priscilla Ly, BS Keywords:William Osler, smallpox, tuberculosis verrucosa cutis, hereditary telangiectasia, Osler nodes, Osler-Weber-Rendu William Osler was the best known physician of his time with an insatiable interest in all fields of medicine. He was not only a pathologist and an internist, but he was also a multispecialist who contributed greatly to the field of dermatology. As an astute observer, William Osler naturally reported many of his cutaneous observations. He was meticulous in his attention to detail and authored nearly 100 publications describing cutaneous conditions. He brought clinical teaching to the bedside of patients and taught his students the power of observation. If the light were not good, he was … Continue reading


Towards Continuous ‘Medical’ Inspiration

by David J. Elpern, M.D. Abstract: Physicians waste too much time mired in our pedantic and mediocre professional literature. There is no way one can keep up with it and most of the articles are forgettable and sadly will prove to be inaccurate. It is better to spend time with the arts (literature, music, fine art, film) that are more important to one’s personal and professional development. They provide the Continuous Medical Inspiration that trumps Continuing Medical Education. Keywords: medical education, canon, personal canon, literature, fine art, music, William Osler, medical literature, CME Each week physicians and other caregivers peruse their professional literature.   We also gather regularly at Grand Rounds … Continue reading


Notes from Cushing’s Life of Osler

Some years ago, a friend gave me a copy of Harvey Cushing’s The Life of Sir William Osler. He knew I admired Osler but had read little of his work. My colleague had sought the tome out in a used bookstore, for it has been out of print for many years. Somewhat reluctantly, because of its forbidding length, I waded into the volume and was swept away by the elegance of both Cushing and Osler’s writings. You may be interested in perusing the For the document, go to From Cushing’s Osler

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