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OSLER, Professor Sir William (1849-1919)
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Name of creator(s)

Osler, Sir, William, 1849-1919, Knight, Professor of Medicine

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1849; educated Trinity College, Toronto, University of Toronto, 1868-1870, McGill University, Montreal, 1870-1872, University College London, 1872-1873; Professor of the Institutes of Medicine, McGill University, 1874-1884; Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1884-1889; Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1889-1904; Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford, 1904-1919; elected to the Royal College of Physicians, 1884, and to the Royal Society, 1898; died, 1919.

Publications: The cerebral palsies of children (London, 1889) The principles and practice of medicine (Edinburgh, 1891); On Chorea and choreiform affections (London, 1894); Lectures on Angina Pectoris and allied states (New York, 1897); Cancer of the stomach. A clinical study (London, 1900); Aequanimitas. With other addresses to medical students, nurses and practitioners of medicine (London, 1904); The student life. A farewell address to Canadian and American medical students (Oxford, 1905); Counsels and ideals from the writings of William Osler (Oxford, 1905); The growth of truth, as illustrated in the discovery of the circulation of the blood (London, 1906); Science and immortality (London, 1906); An Alabama student, and other biographical essays (Oxford, 1908); Thomas Linacre (Cambridge, 1908); The treatment of disease (London, 1909); Incunabula medica. A study of the earlier printed medical books, 1467-1480 (London, 1923); The tuberculous soldier (London, 1961).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College Hospital.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Correspondence between William Osler and a friend, Mrs Parmalee, mostly family news, with typescript copy, 1906; manuscript copy of questions in the cojoint Oxford and Cambridge Boards physiology paper, 1906; two photographs of Osler in youth and old age.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements


Finding aids

Summary guide entry online and due to be published in hard copy.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Johns Hopkins University Libraries: correspondence and papers, 1882-1919; McGill University, Osler Library: correspondence and papers; Yale University Libraries, Medical Library: papers, 1898-1918; Duke University Medical Library: letters and papers, 1902-1919; University of California Library, San Francisco: papers; Royal College of Physicians of London: papers; Bodleian Library, Oxford, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts: paper on the evolution of British Surgery, 1914 (Ref: Eng misc d 81); University of British Columbia, Woodward Biomedical Library: letters, 1889-1919; Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, London: letters, 1874-1919 (Ref: PP/ESS and others).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library OPAC; National Register of Archives; Dictionary of national biography; Who's who. Compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

11 May 2000.

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  • Educational evaluation
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  • Photographs
  • Physiology
  • Student evaluation
  • Visual materials

Personal names

  • Osler, Sir, William, 1849-1919, Knight, Physician

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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