In 1892 William Osier, then of Johns Hopkins, published the first edition of his textbook of medicine. Eighty years later, this book appears in its 18th edition. The volume is compact, (1,650 double-columned pages), and it remains a vast fund of wisdom, knowledge, and practical advice.
It is a fact of life that medicine has advanced during the last 80 years. Thus, it is an entirely new book when compared with the first Oslerian edition. Yet it has remained faithful to the spirit of William Osier; small wonder, if we remember that the volume has been written by members of the staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The editors are McGehee Harvey, Richard J. Johns, Albert T. Owens, and Richard S. Ross, but the list of contributors includes 75, all distinguished men in their various fields. There are 155 chapters contained within 19 sections, starting with the "Approach to the