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The Quotable Osler

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:289
  1. David Woods (, president
  1. Healthcare Media International, Philadelphia

    Eds Mark E Silverman, T Jock Murray, Charles S Bryan

    American College of Physicians, $30, pp 283 ISBN 1 930513 34 8

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    Before offering Sir William Osler (1849–1919) the position of professor of clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the eminent and eccentric doctor and novelist Silas Weir Mitchell was asked by his colleagues to “look him over.” Osler subsequently reported that “Dr Mitchell said there was only one way in which the breeding of a man suitable for such a position, in such a city as Philadelphia, could be tested: give him a cherry pie and see how he …

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