Doctors' Work: The Legacy of Sir William Osler

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A photographic tribute to the man who changed the practice of medicine.

A little over a hundred years ago, becoming a doctor was dangerously easy. Admission requirements for training were low and the M.D. was automatically given after the second term, regardless of the student's academic performance. Teaching was by lecture alone, and a student could graduate without ever seeing a patient.

Within the space of his lifetime William Osler ...

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Overview

A photographic tribute to the man who changed the practice of medicine.

A little over a hundred years ago, becoming a doctor was dangerously easy. Admission requirements for training were low and the M.D. was automatically given after the second term, regardless of the student's academic performance. Teaching was by lecture alone, and a student could graduate without ever seeing a patient.

Within the space of his lifetime William Osler (1849-1919) worked tirelessly to change medical schools from trade schools into intellectually demanding academic institutions. Osler founded the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and later became a professor emeritus of medicine at Oxford University.

Doctors' Work shows how one remarkable man revolutionized medical schools and redefined the physician-patient relationship.

A biographical profile of Osler is followed by photographs of physicians, nurses, and medical technicians at work. Photographed by Ted Grant using extremely high-speed film and virtually silent cameras, these images capture the compassion and dedication of front-line healthcare professionals. Each photograph is accompanied with an insightful quotation by Osler, Pasteur, Curie, Einstein, Nightingale, and many others.

Through words and photographs, Doctors' Work is a celebration of MDs, RNs and health care professionals everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Saskatoon Star Phoenix - Bill Robertson
Inspirational.
Winnipeg Free Press - Joe Bryksa
A collection of wonderful photographs... sure to be a hit with the medical community, could also be a wonderful reference book for photography students.
Victoria Times-Colonist - Don Denton
Old fashioned photojournalism... a real overview of the medical life... We find ourselves drawn into the images and empathizing with the subjects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552976036
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Photographs by Ted Grant have appeared in Time, People, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated.

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Introduction to
A Photographic Tribute
by Ted Grant

"It was like a scene from the movies: bright lights, active people, shining equipment. It cried out to be photographed. And what a great place to shoot!" This was the last recollection I had before being anesthetized. Dr. Brien Benoit, chief of neurosurgery at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, was about to operate on me for trigeminal neuralgia.

Some months following my surgery, I asked Dr. Benoit if I could spend a week photographing his activities as a neurosurgeon. The week initiated an assignment that has become one of the major works of my 50-year career as a photojournalist.

In the beginning, I never thought of this project as a book, but more as a record of the doctor I encountered during an emotional time in my life.

As one physician pointed out, "The book captures our feelings, concerns and dedication in a candid manner rarely seen in a collection of photographs. And combined with the quotations of Dr. Osler, it is a constant reminder of why I became a physician. It is my work." I'm very grateful to the doctors and nurses who permitted me to work with them. They contributed to the success of this project.

Some of the photographs may no longer depict the most recent equipment or the latest technique. But the message is the same as when the photos were taken: the picture illustrates dedicated human beings caring for those who have placed their trust in them.

I would like to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Douglas Waugh. His contribution of historical background about Sir William Osler became the catalyst for this collaboration between Osler's words and my photographs.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
by James W. Dutton, M.D.

SIR WILLIAM OSLER
A Profile by Douglas Waugh, M.D.

Introduction The Early Years The Early McGill Years Studies Abroad From Dundas to McGill Philadelphia John Hopkins The Oxford Years Conclusion

THE OSLER LEGACY

A Commitment to Excellence
by Lawrence D. Longo, M.D.

The Man in the Library
by Faith Wallis, Ph.D.

Open Arms
by Lord Walton of Detchant

A PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIBUTE
by Ted Grant


Introduction

Index

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Preface

Introduction to
A Photographic Tribute

by Ted Grant

"It was like a scene from the movies: bright lights, active people, shining equipment. It cried out to be photographed. And what a great place to shoot!" This was the last recollection I had before being anesthetized. Dr. Brien Benoit, chief of neurosurgery at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, was about to operate on me for trigeminal neuralgia.

Some months following my surgery, I asked Dr. Benoit if I could spend a week photographing his activities as a neurosurgeon. The week initiated an assignment that has become one of the major works of my 50-year career as a photojournalist.

In the beginning, I never thought of this project as a book, but more as a record of the doctor I encountered during an emotional time in my life.

As one physician pointed out,
"The book captures our feelings, concerns and dedication in a candid manner rarely seen in a collection of photographs. And combined with the quotations of Dr. Osler, it is a constant reminder of why I became a physician. It is my work." I'm very grateful to the doctors and nurses who permitted me to work with them. They contributed to the success of this project.

Some of the photographs may no longer depict the most recent equipment or the latest technique. But the message is the same as when the photos were taken: the picture illustrates dedicated human beings caring for those who have placed their trust in them.

I would like to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Douglas Waugh. His contribution of historical background about Sir William Osler became the catalyst for this collaboration between Osler's words and my photographs.

Read More Show Less

Introduction

Introduction to
A Photographic Tribute

by Ted Grant

"It was like a scene from the movies: bright lights, active people, shining equipment. It cried out to be photographed. And what a great place to shoot!" This was the last recollection I had before being anesthetized. Dr. Brien Benoit, chief of neurosurgery at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, was about to operate on me for trigeminal neuralgia.

Some months following my surgery, I asked Dr. Benoit if I could spend a week photographing his activities as a neurosurgeon. The week initiated an assignment that has become one of the major works of my 50-year career as a photojournalist.

In the beginning, I never thought of this project as a book, but more as a record of the doctor I encountered during an emotional time in my life.

As one physician pointed out, "The book captures our feelings, concerns and dedication in a candid manner rarely seen in a collection of photographs. And combined with the quotations of Dr. Osler, it is a constant reminder of why I became a physician. It is my work." I'm very grateful to the doctors and nurses who permitted me to work with them. They contributed to the success of this project.

Some of the photographs may no longer depict the most recent equipment or the latest technique. But the message is the same as when the photos were taken: the picture illustrates dedicated human beings caring for those who have placed their trust in them.

I would like to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Douglas Waugh. His contribution of historical background about Sir William Osler became the catalyst for this collaboration between Osler's words and my photographs.

Read More Show Less

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