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Apotheosis of William Osler
This caricature of William Osler elevates him to holy status as he sweeps
away disease with cyclonic force. The title, The Saint -- Johns Hopkins Hospital,
is a play upon Oslers frequent reference to the hospital as the St. Johns.
The caricature, done in 1896, is by Max Broedel, the renowned medical illustrator.
"The Open Arms"
Students and residents were frequent guests at Osler's Baltimore home on
the corner of Franklin and Charles Streets.
This is one of the keys that Osler provided students for access to the
library at his home.
(Gift of Palmer Futcher, M.D.)
Dinner for Secretary of War William H. Taft and
Dr. William Osler given by Mr. William A. Marburg, Baltimore, March 1905
A) Howard A. Kelly's program for the Taft-Osler dinner, handpainted on
silk. B) The frontispiece to the program, engraved with hand-painted flags.
(From the Howard A. Kelly Papers)
The Osler Vase
This vase is inscribed as follows: "To Dr. William Osler From the Third and Fourth
Year students of the Johns Hopkins Medical School
as an expression of their affection and in acknowledgment of his
profound and stimulating influence upon themselves. May 13, 1905"
Song "Our Regius Prof."
Comic tribute to Osler presented at
farewell dinner, May 20, 1905.
Osler's wit and practical joking were well known. This irreverent tribute shows the
warm and affectionate regard of his colleagues.
From an unidentified Baltimore newspaper, 1905
In February 1905 Osler delivered a valedictory address, "The Fixed Period", at
Johns Hopkins. Whereas the address was warmly received by the university community it was
widely criticized in the press. In the talk Osler jokingly elaborated on his belief that
man's best work was completed by his fortieth year and that the individual and the world
would best be served by retirement after the sixtieth year.
Osler Coat of Arms
When the baronetcy was conferred upon Osler in 1911, he chose the beaver
and fleur-de-lis to symbolize his Canadian heritage. The
fish, Cornish pilchards, pay tribute to his seafaring ancestors
from Falmouth. The "red hand of Ulster" below the head
of armor is the sign of the baronet, and the motto was his own maxim,
Canada's Osler stamp. Date of issue, June 23, 1969
Thirty-five million Osler stamps were printed by the British American Bank
Note Co., of Ottawa, the originators of the design. The six-cent stamp celebrated the 50th
anniversary of the year in which Osler died.
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