William Osler Quotes About On Teaching, Education

William Osler Quotes About On Teaching, Education

Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet, FRS FRCP (July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919) was a Canadian surgeon, and one of Johns Hopkins Hospital's four founding professors. He was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. He was widely described as the Father of Modern Medicine and one of "the greatest diagnostics ever to have a stethoscope." Osler was a person of many interest who was a bibliophile, historian, journalist, and renowned practical joker in addition to being a physician. One of his achievements was to found the Royal Society of Medicine's History Society (previously section) in London.

William Osler Quotes:

The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.

William Osler

The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.

William Osler

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.

William Osler

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There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.

William Osler

The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.

William Osler

No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.

William Osler

Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.

William Osler

The first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.

William Osler

Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.

William Osler

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

William Osler

The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget.

William Osler

Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.

William Osler

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.

William Osler

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle.

William Osler

The teacher’s life should have three periods, study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.

William Osler

The future is today.

William Osler

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.

William Osler

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