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Osler Centenary Papers: Osler: the towering genius who disdained a beaten path
  1. Bernard M Y Cheung
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  1. Correspondence to Professor Bernard M Y Cheung, Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong; mycheung{at}

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Sir William Osler, born on 12th July 1849 and died on 29th December 1919, is often called the ‘Father of Modern Medicine’. Born and raised in Canada, he graduated from McGill University and took up important posts in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Oxford. He left his mark on all these places and so in the centenary of this death, he is commemorated widely for his legacy to the practice of medicine and the training of medical doctors. The Postgraduate Medical Journal is proud to dedicate the current issue to the memory of the great …

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