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Humanism in Medicine

William C. Gibson, MD
JAMA. 1974;229(3):340. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230410064039.
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"Osler is Alive and Well." This is the message one gets from this excellent new book. The 13 essays in it stem from a symposium held at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1970. The three heartwarming papers by Osler's American students at Oxford during World War I—Emile Holman, Wilburt C. Davison, and Wilder Penfield—would alone make this volume valuable. Its value is doubled, however, by the well-turned essays of senior medical scholars with broad humanistic interests. The opening contributions by Dr. Lester S. King, contributing editor of JAMA, entitled "Humanism and the Medical Past," ably sets the stage for the enlightening and refreshing articles of Palmer Howard, William Bean, Alfred Henderson, Charles G. Roland, James Knight, George Harrėll, Donald Bates, and Hebbel Hoff.

Osler in the flesh and Osler in spirit provided the theme for this very interesting and readable symposium. Medical students and teachers, practitioners,


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