To the Editor: Your readers might be interested to examine the full story of Dorothy Reed's initial encounter with William Osler,1 and to learn that he later apologised for his initial negative reaction to her expressed intention to enter medical school, and gave her great support. She later said of him: "He was my friend and to me William Osler has always stood for the greatest personality and the soundest medical teaching possible at that time." Some of her unpublished memoirs are included in a book edited by Jill Ker Conway.2
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