TO THIS day, William Osler is regarded as the most outstanding physician ever to be associated with the McGill Medical School. This may seem strange when it is recalled that he left Montreal at the age of 35. Actually, throughout his whole life he kept in close personal touch with his alma mater. Furthermore, several of Osler's former pupils became McGill professors, and two are still active teachers. Osler's influence remains a powerful factor at McGill. Every medical student is inspired by learning of his professional eminence, his enthusiasm for medical knowledge, his clinical abilities and his way of life; the memory of him has been of immeasurable benefit to the university. It is my particular wish to recall his vitality and his originality.
Before Osler's day the McGill Medical School had attained a prominence in Canada based largely on its clinical facilities, which were modeled on those of Edinburgh,