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Sokol's review presents a contrast to those expressed by a professor
of medicine to me almost three decades ago. I had then just re-read
Aequanimitas and was struck by the apparently sound principles
demonstrated with that series of addresses and essays. My superior told me
that Osler's views were dated and inappropriate to modern medical practice
(1982). In retrospect, his skills were those of attracting skilled
researchers and funding rather than those of a Oslerian physician.
No competing interests
26 November 2007
Michael G Bamber
Colsterworth Medical Practice, Colsterworth, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 5NJ