Despite the uniquely pervasive and international flavor of scientific medicine today, it remains uncommon for universities to import teachers from another country for important professorial positions. Thus, the recent appointment of Dr. Paul B. Beeson to the Nuffield Professorship of Clinical Medicine at Oxford is particularly noteworthy. Doctor Beeson is the second North American to be so honored, and to so honor us, this century.
There is, of course, an interesting similarity between the new Nuffield Professor, and the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford from 1905 to 1919, Sir William Osler. Although Osler was, and remained, a Canadian, and Beeson was born in the United States, both men graduated in medicine from McGill University in Montreal—a proud achievement for that university. Both men held important posts in academic medicine in the United States of America. Both men were responsible for highly influential textbooks of medicine. Now, just 60 years