Grace Revere Osler was born in Boston in 1854. Her paternal great-grandfather was Paul Revere. In 1876 she married Samuel W. Gross, who died in 1889 as successor of his father, Samuel D. Gross, in the chair of surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. In 1892 she became the wife of William Osler, then professor of medicine in the Johns Hopkins University. She died in 1928, nine years after the death of Sir William Osler and eleven years after their son, Revere, died from wounds received in the World War. The book portrays worthily a much beloved woman of selfless devotion, unflinching spirit and gracious personality, "who," as Sir William himself wrote on his seventieth birthday, "has loved and worked for the profession and the sweet influences of whose home have been felt by successive generations of students."