IF SIR WILLIAM OSLER were to have summed up the philosophy of his life in a single word, it might well have been aequanimitas. It was the title he gave to his. The term means imperturbability and was regarded by Sir William Osler as the premier quality of a good physician. In his essay, Aequanimitas, Dr. Osler further . Aequanimitas has 38 ratings and 2 reviews. Hadrian said: The Great and Powerful Osler says a good deal, in a flowery rhetorical style. Some insights rele.. .

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Want to Read saving…. Apply for Admission Medical Students. Excessive praise for the medical profession. Thou must be like a promontory of the sea, against which, though the waves beat continually, yet it both itself stands, and about it are those swelling waves stilled and quieted. In a true and perfect form, imperturbability is indissolubly associated with wide experience and an intimate knowledge of the varied aspects of disease.

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Books by William Osler. An earnest teacher, a faithful worker, a loyal son of this University, a good and kindly friend, Edward Bruen has left behind him, amid regrets at a career untimely closed, the memory of a well-spent life.

Hence the need of an infinite patience and of an ever-tender charity toward these fellow-creatures; have they not to exercise the same toward us? Ere you are driven all manner of ways, like the souls in the tale of Er the Pamphylian, 2 it is my duty to say a few words of encouragement and aequanjmitas bid you, in the name of the Faculty, God-speed on your journey. The first essential is to have your nerves well in hand. Preview — Aequanimitas by William Osler. Your very hopes may have passed on out of sight, as did all that was near and dear to the Patriarch at the Jabbok ford, and, like him, you may aequanimitaz left to struggle in the night alone.


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Life still Leaves human effort scope. The Great and Powerful Osler says a good deal, in a flowery rhetorical style.

Doug Dailey rated it really liked it Dec 19, Thanks for telling us about the problem. A distressing feature in the life which you are about to enter, a feature which will press hardly upon the finer spirits among you and ruffle their equanimity, is the uncertainty which pertains not alone to our science and arts but to the very hopes and fears which make us men.

First is the “bodily” virtue of imperturbability or “a judicious measure of obtuseness.

The keenest aequanimitzs of gratitude well up from my innermost being at the thought of the kindliness and goodness which have followed me at every step during the past five years. Keen sensibility is doubtless a virtue of high order, when it does not interfere with steadiness of hand or coolness of nerve; but for the practitioner in his working-day world, a callousness which thinks only of the good to be effected, and goes ahead regardless of smaller considerations, is the preferable quality.

Sowing as you shall do beside all waters, I can but wish that you may reap the promised blessings of quietness and of assurance forever, until.

Imperturbability means coolness and presence of mind under all circumstances, calmness amid storm, clearness of judgment in moments of grave peril, immobility, impassiveness, or, to use an old and expressive word, phlegm. This tradition has lived on at academic centers across the country where Osler alumni move beyond the dome.

Personally I mourn the loss of a preceptor, dear to me as a father, the man from whom more than any other I received inspiration, and to whose example and precept. Commentary Like many aequanimitws texts, this essay admits to various interpretations.

Sign in to customize your interests Sign in to your personal account. Bastik rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Now a certain measure of insensibility is not only an advantage, but a positive necessity in the exercise of a calm judgment, and in carrying out delicate operations. Bill rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Aequanimitas Osler, William Primary Category: And, if the fight is for principle and justice, even when failure seems certain, where many have failed before, cling to your ideal, and, like Childe Roland 8 [“Aequanimitas,” Aequanimitasp.


Aequanimitas — a term that derives from lateth century Latin — means imperturbability, or one who os,er incapable of being upset, or agitated; one who is calm, and not easily excited.

The term means imperturbability and was regarded by Sir William Osler as the premier quality of a good physician.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Gross can ill be spared. Joshua Shieh rated it it was amazing Aug 04, It has been said that in prosperity our equanimity is chiefly exercised in enabling us to bear with composure the misfortunes of our neighbours.

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Osler also urges his students and colleagues to develop the other gentlemanly virtues of courage, patience, and honor. He defined this quality as a coolness and presence of mind under all circumstances, calmness amid storm, clearness of judgement in moments of peril, immobility, and impassiveness. Chandana Sri rated it it was amazing Jul 19, Search the Health Library Get the facts on diseases, aequajimitas, tests and procedures.

The complementary “mental” virtue is aequanimitas, which is the aequanimits quality of calmly accepting whatever comes in life.

Hoang Phung rated it it was amazing Jun 19, These virtues, however, should not lead to “hardness” in dealing with patients.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Cletus rated it liked it Feb 19, This virtue suggests that physicians should be relatively “insensible” to the slings-and-arrows of patient care, always maintaining a degree of detachment from their patients.