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Osler, Sir William

Canadian-born physician, 1849–1919, he is considered a leading figure in contemporary medicine, diagnosis, and the humanitarian care of patients. During his career he was associated with McGill, Johns Hopkins, and Oxford Universities, where he prepared a number of editions of his monumental The Principles and Practice of Medicine.

Osler maneuver

A physical examination technique used to identify pseudohypertension. The brachial or radial artery is compressed manually or with a blood pressure cuff inflated above detectable systolic pressures, and the artery is palpated distally. If the distal artery has a palpable pulse, pseudohypertension is present. The maneuver has poor reproducibility.

Osler nodes

Small, tender cutaneous nodes, usually present in the fingers and toes, that may be seen in subacute bacterial endocarditis. The nodes are caused by emboli dislodged from infected heart valves. See: infective endocarditis for illus.


Sir William, Canadian physician in U.S. and England, 1849-1919.
Osler disease - a chronic form of polycythemia. Synonym(s): polycythemia vera
Osler node - a tender cutaneous lesion characteristic of subacute bacterial endocarditis.
Osler sign - in acute bacterial endocarditis, circumscribed painful erythematous swelling in the skin and subcutaneous tissues of the hands and feet.
Osler II syndrome - recurrent episodes of colic pain. Synonym(s): ball-valve gallstone
Osler triad
Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome - see under Rendu
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Remembering Sir William Osler 100 years after his death: what can we learn from his legacy?
Given the eminence of the collection, the erudition contained in the Bibliotecha, and the wealth of surviving correspondence, documents, and published research, it is my hope that Osler will find a future scholar who will write the definitive biblio-biography of Sir William Osler, bibliophile and collector nonpareil.
Por eso debemos juntar la ciencia y el arte para asi emular a un gran medico como Sir William Osler.
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Sir William Osler, MD, FRS, in Volume IV of Modern Medicine (1908), devoted a chapter to aneurysms.
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Sir William Osler (1849-1919), who wrote The Principles and Practice of Medicine, the standard medical text of his day, thought so.
The shared commonality was their belief in what Sir William Osler, the doyen of medicine, was fond of calling, "the poetry of the commonplace.
1) The drought predicted by Sir William Osler had arrived: 'It is a dry age when the great men of the past are held in light esteem.
The interior of the card carries a quotation from famed physician Sir William Osler that reads, "We are taught that medicine is learned by the bedside, not in the classroom.
Sir William Osler told his students, "The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.