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A collection of thoughts and quotes by William Osler on dogma, medicine, ignorance, science, future, skepticism, truth, faith, discovery, physician and life.

26 Notable Quotes By William Osler, Man Who Laid The Foundations Of Modern Medicine

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Famous As: Professor of Medicine, Historian, Pathologist, Educator, Author, Practical Joker

Born On: July 12, 1849

Died On: December 29, 1919

Born In: Bond Head, Canada

Died At Age: 70

William Osler was a famous Canadian physician, and is usually referred to as ‘The Founding Father Of Modern Medicine’. He was also a great bibliophile, author, and historian. During the initial days of his career, he dreamt of being a minister but eventually drifted towards medicine. After completing his post-graduation in medicine he became a professor at the McGill University. He further became the Chairman of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and also founded the ‘Association of American Physicians’ which aimed at progressing medical science. He later became the chief physician of the John Hopkins Hospital where he also became the co-founder of the John Hopkins School of Medicine. He introduced the concept of medical bedding and clinical clerkship which helped medical students to have a practical experience. He also wrote many books on medical science which contribute to the McGill University’s Osler Library. He has been famous for his revolutionary ideas, thoughts, work, writings and significant contributions to medical science. We have collected his thoughts and quotes from various sources. Following are a few thought-provoking quotations and sayings by William Osler.
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The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

William Osler

Acquire the art of detachment, the virtue of method, and the quality of thoroughness, but above all the grace of humility.

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

The person who takes medicine must recover twice,once from the disease ,and once from the medicine.

William Osler

Ask not what disease the person has, but rather what person the disease has

William Osler

He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all

William Osler

Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.

William Osler

Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, or the end to be attained, but set earnestly, at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day.

William Osler

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.

William Osler

One special advantage of the skeptical attitude of mind is that a man is never vexed to find that after all he has been in the wrong.

William Osler

It is astonishing with how little reading a doctor can practice medicine, but is not astonishing how badly he may do it.

William Osler

The doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient.

William Osler

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

William Osler

Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.

William Osler

Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away.

William Osler

Nothing in life is more wonderful than faith - the one great moving force which we can neither weigh in the balance nor test in the crucible.

William Osler

In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.

William Osler

In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.

William Osler

The future belongs to Science. More and more she will control the destinies of the nations. Already she has them in her crucible and on her balances.

William Osler

Listen to your patient; he is telling you the diagnosis.

William Osler

The incessant concentration of thought upon one subject, however interesting, tethers a man's mind in a narrow field.

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

To do today's work well and not to bother about tomorrow is the secret of accomplishment

William Osler