A History of Osler House

A History of Osler House

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Osler House is named after Sir William Osler who is considered to be the Father of Modern Medicine. Sir William, a Canadian, is renowned for creating the concept of bedside teaching, where students were brought out of lecture halls and taught instead by the patient’s bedside. He also created the first ever residential training programmes for doctors.

Sir William was one of the “Big Four” founding professors of John Hopkins University Medical School, a founder of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and later the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University. His textbook ‘The Principles and Practice of Medicine” established him as the world’s leading authority in the teaching of modern medicine.

Today the venue serves as a clubhouse for over 500 medical students at Oxford University.

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