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Doctors' Work: The Legacy of Sir William Osler [Hardcover]

Ted Grant
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Sept. 6 2003

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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Inspirational. (Bill Robertson Saskatoon Star Phoenix 2003-12-13)

A collection of wonderful photographs... sure to be a hit with the medical community, could also be a wonderful reference book for photography students. (Joe Bryksa Winnipeg Free Press 2003-12-07)

Old fashioned photojournalism... a real overview of the medical life... We find ourselves drawn into the images and empathizing with the subjects. (Don Denton Victoria Times-Colonist 2003-12-14)

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This book is a unique presentation of powerful black and white photographs depicting medical professionals in their work environment during real life situations.

The photographs are accompanied by Sir William Osler quotations which apply the principals and practice of medicine and, written a hundred years ago, they still influence today's medical profession.

The photographs are the centerpiece of this book and are also an excellent learning example for those interested in photography. As all the photographs are taken without adding flash, they provide an insight into taking pictures by existing light.

Not only is this book a classic combination of pictures with Osler quotations for the medical profession, it is an ideal learning tool for photographers. It will be valued by medical and photography students as well as those practicing their profession.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctors' Work Feb. 19 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational May 6 2013
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A photo essay on the life and work of "the father of modern medicine", Dr Wiilian Osler. As a physician I found it highly informative and inspirational. It should be read by all physicians and prospective(student) physicians to inspire them to live up to the highest aspirations of our noble profession.. Also lay people who really want to understand what physicians really do should read this but especially the bureaucrats and politicians who treat us as just another group of "providers" ought to read this book. Think about this: would you let just a "provider" cut open your heart or your brain?
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