Osler and his Australian associations — part 2: continuing influence

Milton G Roxanas
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb04106.x
Published online: 6 December 2010

“I would like an arrangement made with publishing houses in India and Australia to issue special editions of my text-book in those countries ... I have so many friends in both places, many of them men in official and teaching positions that the book would be adopted in the schools — as indeed it has been at Sydney ...”

The first part of this article examined the life and medical influences of William Osler (Box 1) in the context of his Australian connections. This second part looks at his encounters with Australians in the final years of his life, and the influence and legacy he left on Australian practitioners and medical practice after his death.

  • Milton G Roxanas

  • Department of Psychiatry, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.



I wish to sincerely thank Elizabeth Milford (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), Pamela Miller (Osler Library), Liz Rouse (Royal Australasian College of Physicians), Kay Lee and Frances Miechels (Concord Hospital Medical Library) who contributed to this article with their willing help in searching references and pictures. I acknowledge with gratitude the inspiration and guidance of Dr Charles George, Dr Richard Golden, Dr Oleg Preda, Professor Michael O’Rourke and Dr Jill Forrest.

Competing interests:

None identified.


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