The definitive reference on Sir William Osler, his life, his times, his friends, and his influence. Osler was voted "the most influential physician in history" in a 2016 survey of North American doctors, but his interests and influence transcend medicine. This is the first comprehensive reference on Osler's personality, character, life, times and thinking about a broad range of issues relevant to the human condition. The nearly 967 page work written by 135 contributors addresses four questions:
What was Osler really like, and what did he do?
What did Osler write, and who influenced his thinking?
How has Osler been assessed during the century since his death in 1919?
Does Osler still matter, and, if so, how?