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William Osler patient records from the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania

Identifier: MSS 2/145-01

Scope and Contents

Clinical records of patients under care of William Osler in wards MM and WM at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, 1887-1889. In addition to Osler’s notes, patient records contain notes by James Tyson (Osler’s successor in professorship of clinical medicine at the University) and two resident physicians, Joseph Leidy and L. L. Mial. Several examples of cases of Bright’s disease, dyspepsia, tuberculosis, rheumatism, and typhoid fever.


  • 1887 - 1889


Biographical / Historical

Sir William Osler, physician, clinician, and teacher, was born in Bond Head, Ontario, on 12 July 1849. In 1892, he married Grace Revere Gross, the widow of physician S. W. Gross. They had one son, Edward Revere (d. 1917). Osler died in Oxford, England, of pleurisy, empyema, and pneumonia following bronchitis, on 29 Dec. 1919. Osler received a B.A. from Trinity College in Toronto in 1868, then an M.D. from McGill University in 1872. From 1874 to 1884, he was Professor of the Institutes of Medicine at McGill. From 1884 to 1889, he taught clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and had the oversight of two wards in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was also on the medical staff of Philadelphia Hospital, 1885-1889, and an Attending Physician at the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Hospital, 1887-1889. From 1889 to 1904, Osler was Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University where he helped to organize the medical school and promoted clinical instruction. In 1904, he was appointed Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University and held this post until his death. Osler became a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1885.


1 volume (371 pages)

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Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

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Philadelphia PA 19103 United States