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Osler on Rounds at the Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Medicine is learned by the bedside and not in the classroom. W.O. Keep an open mind toward pneumonia. Our grandchildren will be interested and are likely to have as many differences of opinion regarding treatment as we have. W.O.  Mitral stenosis may be concealed under a quarter of as dollar. It is the most difficult of all heart diseases to diagnose. W.O.

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Pericarditis is diagnosed in proportion to the care of the examination. W.O.  Apoplexy comes from embolism in the young, thrombosis in later life, and hemorrhage in the old. W. O. Teach him how to observe, give him plenty of facts to observe, and the lessons will come out of the facts themselves. W. O.


It is only by persistent intelligent study of disease upon a methodical plan of examination that a man gradually learns to correlate his daily lessons with the facts of his previous experience and of that of his fellows, and so acquires clinical wisdom. W.O. When listening to heart murmurs you must tune up your auditory hair cells and flatten out your Pacinian corpuscles. W. O.

The art of the practice of medicine is to be learned only by experience; 'tis not an inheritance; it cannot be revealed. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know by practice alone can you become an expert. W.O.


In what may be called the natural method of teaching, the student begins with the patient, continues with the patient, and ends his studies with the patient, using books and lectures as tools, as means to an end. W.O.

(Gift of Douglas Carroll)


Anatomy brought life and liberty to the art of healing, and for three centuries the great names in medicine were those of the great anatomists. W.O.

Osler Dissecting



If you have the good fortune to command a large clinic, remember that one of your chief duties is the tabulation and analysis of the carefully recorded experience. W.O.

At work on his textbook, The Principles and Practice of Medicine, circa 1890-1892

This is the room of his chief resident, Hunter Robb, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.



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