The Principles and Practice of Medicine

The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of Medicine is a medical textbook by Sir William Osler. It was first published in 1892, while Osler was Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. The book established Osler as the world's leading authority in the teaching of modern medicine.

The text was translated into French, German, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese, and for over 40 years it was the world's most significant medical textbook.[1]


  • Golden, Richard. A history of William Osler's The principles and practice of medicine. Osler Library studies in the history of medicine No. 8. Montreal, McGill University, 2004. ISBN 0-7717-0615-4


  1. ^ Famous Canadian Physicians at Library and Archives Canada

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