Born on July 12 at the parsonage in Bond Head, Tecumseh County, Upper Canada (after 1864, the province of Ontario) to the Rev. Featherstone Lake Osler and Ellen Free Pickton Osler. William was the sixth son and eighth child of nine.
Osler family moved to Dundas, Ontario.
|1857-1864||Student at local grammar school in Dundas.|
|1864||Expelled from grammar school.|
|1864-1865||Boarder at grammar school of the Rev. W. F. Checkley, in Barrie, Ontario.|
Student at Trinity College School, Weston, Ontario, where he met his mentors, Rev. William Arthur Johnson and James Bovell, M.D.
|1867-1868||Student at Trinity College, Toronto, in preparation for career as a minister.|
|1868-1870||Student at Toronto School of Medicine.|
|1869||First publication, "Christmas and the Microscope," Hardwickes Science-Gossip, (London), Feb. 1, no. 50, p. 44.|
|1870||First scientific publication, "Canadian diatomaceae," Canadian Naturalist & Quarterly Journal of Science, 1870-71, N.S. 5: 142-151.|
|1870-1872||Student at McGill Medical School, Montreal, where he studied with Palmer Howard, M.D., the third dedicatee, with Johnson and Bovell, of his Principles and Practice.|
|1871||First clinical publication, "Carcinoma
mammae: Removal by Excision," Canadian Medical Journal, 1871, 8:
Received M.D., McGill Medical School. Awarded a special prize for his thesis on pathological anatomy, which was never published and which now survives only in fragments.
|1872-1874||Traveled and studied in Europe.|
|1873||Began research on blood platelets.|
|1874||Returned to Canada to work as a general practitioner in Dundas and Hamilton for a few weeks in the summer.|
Lecturer on the Institutes of Medicine, McGill University.
Joins Medico-Chirurgical Society of Montreal.
|1875-1884||Professor of the Institutes of Medicine, McGill University.|
|1875||Attending Physician, smallpox wards, Montreal General Hospital.|
|1876?||Professor of Physiology, Montreal Veterinary College.|
|1876-1884||Pathologist, Montreal General Hospital (appointed May 1, 1876).|
|1877-1884||Registrar, School of Medicine, McGill University.|
|1877-1878||Editor, Transactions of the Canadian Medical Association.|
|1878||Published Montreal General Hospital Pathological Reports.|
|1878||Passed examination for membership in the Royal College of Physicians, London.|
|1878-1884||Physician to Montreal General Hospital.|
|1881||Elected General Secretary, Canadian Medical Association.|
|1883||Elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London.|
|1884||Elected President of the Canadian Medical Association.|
|1884-1889||Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.|
|1885||Gulstonian Lectures "On Malignant Endocarditis," Royal College of Physicians, London (Published: British Medical Journal, 1885, 1: 467-70, 522-526, 577-579).|
|1885||Elected a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.|
|1885||Elected member of the Philadelphia Pathological Society on March 12.|
|1885||Appointed visiting physician, Philadelphia General Hospital [Blockley].|
|1885||Founding member of the Association of American Physicians.|
|1886||Cartwright Lectures "On Certain Problems in the Physiology of the Blood Corpuscles," delivered before the Association of the Alumni of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, in March (Published: Medical News (NY), 1886, 48: 365-370, 393-399, 420-425).|
|1887||Appointed physician to the Philadelphia Orthopedic Hospital and Infirmary for Nervous Diseases.|
Physician-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Published The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of Medicine. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1892.
|1892-1893||President of the American Pediatric Society.|
|1892||Married Grace Revere of Boston, widow of Samuel W. Gross, M.D., of Philadelphia, on May 7.|
|1893||Son born, but lived less than a week in February.|
|1893-1905||Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.|
|1895||Awarded LL.D by McGill University on April 30.|
|1895||Son, Edward Revere Osler born on December 28.|
|1895||President, Association of American Medical Colleges.|
|1895||President, Association of American Physicians.|
|1895||Described the visceral complications of erythema multiforme.|
Founding member, Association of Medical Librarians, May 2.
|1898||Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on June 6.|
|1898||Awarded LL.D. by Aberdeen University, Scotland, on July 21.|
|1898||Awarded LL.D. by Edinburgh University, Scotland, in July.|
|1898-1899||Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.|
|1899||Cavendish Lecture, "On the Etiology and Diagnosis of Cerebrospinal Fever," West London Medico-Chirurgical Society, June 16 (Published: West London Medical Journal, 4: 145-188).|
|1899||Awarded LL.D. by the University of Toronto, June 10.|
|1901||United States representative, British Congress on Tuberculosis, July.|
|1901||Described a form of multiple telangiectasis.|
|1901||Awarded LL.D. by the Yale University, October.|
President, Association of Medical Librarians.
|1902||Awarded D.C.L. by University of Trinity College, Toronto.|
|1903||Described chronic cyanosis with polycythemia and enlarged spleen.|
Elected Vice-President and Chairman of the International Committee of the United States Society for the Study of Tuberculosis, March 28.
Ingersoll Lecture, "Science and Immortality," Harvard University, May. (Published: Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1904).
|1904||Awarded L.L.D. by Harvard University on June 29.|
|1904||Awarded D.S. by Oxford University on July 27.|
Awarded an L.L.D. by Johns Hopkins University on February 22.
Valedictory address, "The Fixed Period," The Johns Hopkins University, Feb. 22, caused uproar in the popular press. which accused Osler of proposing that all men over sixty are useless and should be chloroformed to death.
|1905||Founding member, Interurban Clinical Club, April 28.|
|1905-1919||Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford University.|
|1905||Awarded D.M. by Oxford University on June 13.|
|1905||In London, John Singer Sargent completed the portrait of "The Four Doctors" (Kelly, Halsted, Osler, Welch) commissioned by Miss Mary Elizabeth Garrett for The Johns Hopkins University.|
|1905||Thomas Young lecturer in Medicine, St. Georges Hospital, London.|
|1905||Appointed a Delegate to the Oxford University Press.|
|1905||Consultant to the Radcliffe Infirmary where he initiated informal Sunday morning post-graduate clinics there.|
|1905-1908||Member of the Hebdomadal Council, governing body of Oxford University.|
|1906||Elected to membership of the Bibliographical Society, London, on March 19.|
|1906||Appointed member of the Royal Commission on Vivisection.|
Harveian Oration, "The Growth of Truth as Illustrated in the Discovery of the Circulation of the Blood," Royal College of Physicians, London, on October 18 (Published: London: H. Frowde, 1906).
|1908||Linacre Lecture, St. Johns College, Cambridge University, on May 6.|
|1908||Unsuccessful candidate in the election for the Lord Rectorship of the University of Edinburgh.|
|1908||Described erythematous swellings in malignant endocarditis (Oslers spots).|
|1909||Schorstein Lecture, London Hospital, on October 15.|
|1910||Lumleian Lectures "On Angina Pectoris," Royal College of Physicians, London in March. (Published: Lancet, 1910, 1: 697-702, 839-844, 973-977).|
|1910||Awarded D.Sc. by Leeds University in June.|
|1911||Awarded M.D. by University of Christiana, Sweden, in September.|
|1911||Elected President of the Clinical Section, Royal Society of Medicine.|
|1912||Awarded D. Sc. by Trinity College, Dublin, on July 6.|
|1912||Awarded an D.L.C. by Durham University on December 17.|
|1913||Founder and first President of the Historical Section, Royal Society of Medicine.|
|1913||Lectures on the Silliman Foundation, Yale University, "The Evolution of Modern Medicine," delivered in April (Published: New Haven: Yale University Press, 1921).|
|1913-1919||President of the Bibliographical Society, London.|
|1913||President of the Medical Section, XVIIth International Medical Congress, London, August 6-12.|
Resigned for a few days in April from the Royal College of Physicians over their response to the unauthorized use of his name publicizing a popular medical book.
|1914||Awarded Sc.D. by Cambridge University on June 9.|
|1914||Nominated, but declined presidency of the Royal Society of Medicine.|
|1914||Elected to the Roxburghe Club.|
Appointed to the Royal Commission on University Education in Wales.
|1916||Resigned as Consultant to the hospitals of the Canadian Army Medical Corps.|
|1917||Lt. Edward Revere Osler, RFA, died in Flanders on August 30.|
|1919||President of the Inter-Allied Fellowship of Medicine, January 9.|
|1919||President, Ashmolean Natural History Society.|
Presidential speech, "The Old Humanities and the New Science," Classical Association, Oxford, May 16. (Published: Classical Association Proceedings, 1919.)
Publication of Contributions to Medical and Biological Research Dedicated to Sir William Osler in Honour of his Seventieth Birthday . . . by his Pupils and Co-Workers.
|1919||Died on December 29.|
|Chesney, Alan M. The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: A Chronicle. 3 vols. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1963.|
|Cushing, Harvey. The Life of Sir William Osler. London: Oxford University Press, 1940.|
"Sir William Osler," Medical Classics, 1939, 4: 175-176.
Sir William Osler: An Annotated Bibliography with Illustrations. Edited by Richard L. Golden and Charles G. Roland. San Francisco: Norman Publishing, 1988.
"Sir William Osler Memorial Number," Bulletin of the International Association of Medical Museums and Journal of Technical Methods, 1926, No. 9.
"Sir William Oslers Autobiographical Notes," Edited by Edward H. Bensley and Donald G. Bates, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 1976, 50: 596-618.
Osler's Successors at Johns Hopkins and Oxford
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