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Osler Clinic adopta su nombre en homenaje al renombrado médico Sir William Osler (1849-1919). El
Dr. Osler fue uno de los médicos más distinguidos de la historia de la medicina. Es considerado por
muchos como el padre de la medicina moderna y representa un ejemplo del médico ideal con valores
éticos y de conocimientos del mayor nivel.
Nacido en Canadá, pronto ascendió a los más altos cargos académicos en la Universidad de McGill en
Canada, en las universidades estadounidenses de Filadelfia (Pensilvania) y Johns Hopkins en Baltimore y
finalmente en la Universidad de Oxford (Inglaterra).
El Dr. Osler fué un ejemplo de profesionalismo, capacidad científica y humana. Impulsó el concepto de
la medicina como servicio y apostolado y fue un pionero de la enseñanza médica centrada en el paciente.
Dejó un vasto legado de más de 1600 escritos abarcando ensayos, artículos y libros médicos, históricos,
filosóficos, y educativos.
“To serve the art of medicine as it should be served, one must love his fellow man”.
“The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head”.
“The motto of each of you as you undertake the examination and treatment of a case should be ‘put yourself in his place’”.
“The practitioner of medicine…we are here not to get all we can out of life for ourselves, but to try to make the lives of others happier”.
“Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease”.
“Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants”.
“Patients should have rest, food, fresh air, and exercise – the quadrangle of health”.
“Remember how much you do not know. Do not pour strange medicines into your patients”.
“The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with 1 drug for twenty diseases”.
“If many drugs are used for a disease, all are insufficient”.
“One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medications”.
“Never lose sight of the end and object of all your studies; the cure of disease and the alleviation of suffering”.
“The hardest conviction to get into the mind of a beginner is that the education upon which he is engaged is not a college course, not a medical course, but a life course, for which the work of a few years under teachers I but a preparation”.
“The training of the medical school gives a man his direction, points him the way, and furnished him with a chart, fairly incomplete, for the voyage, but nothing more”.
“Medicine is learned by the bedside and not in the classroom”.
“The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely”.
“To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to the sea at all”.
“Books are tools, doctors are craftsmen”.
“A physician who does not use books and journals, who does not need a library, who does not read one or two of the best weeklies and monthlies, soon sinks to the level of the cross-counter prescriber, and not alone in practice, but in those mercenary feelings and habits which characterize a trade”.
“A great university has a dual function, to teach and to think”.
“Advice is sought to confirm a position already taken”.