Sir William Osler and the Importance of Reading in Medical Education

The Health Science Center Library is hosting an exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the passing of Sir William Osler and his impact on the modernization of American medicine.  Dr. Osler also emphasized the importance of reading works in the humanities as a way of developing a full understanding of the human condition among medical students.

For instance, Dr. Osler recommended that medical students keep copies of these ten books by their bed and read for fifteen minutes or so every evening:

  • Plutarch’s Lives
  • Religio Medici
  • Shakespeare
  • Montaigne
  • Marcus Aurelius
  • Epictetus
  • Don Quixote
  • Emerson
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Old and New Testaments