William osler who was a brilliant innovative teacher and a scholar of the natural history of disease revolutionized the art of practicing medicine at the bedside of his patients. William osler was born in a parsonage in backwoods canada on july 12 1849 in a life lasting seventy years he practiced taught and wrote about medicine at canadas mcgill university americas johns hopkins university and finally as regius professor at oxford. Since his death in 1919 william osler has been the subject of intense biographical interest although harvey cushings pulitzer prize winning life of sir william osler london oxford . William oslers rise to the pinnacle of medicine was due mainly to his strong desire to learn he was obsessed with knowing although famous as a clinician he started in medicine as a pathologist he took every chance he could during his early years in medicine to do an autopsy. Re william osler a life in medicine he lived to the age of seventy and in the evenings of the summer would be chaired in his study the window behind him reading about the history of his profession and the people who had preceded him
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