OSLER, WILLIAM. 1849-1919. Two early pamphlets inscribed to "W.A.J." presumably William Arthur Johnson, Osler's first influential teacher, including:

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OSLER, WILLIAM. 1849-1919.
Two early pamphlets inscribed to "W.A.J." presumably William Arthur Johnson, Osler's first influential teacher, including:

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OSLER, WILLIAM. 1849-1919.
Two early pamphlets inscribed to "W.A.J." presumably William Arthur Johnson, Osler's first influential teacher, including: 1. "Verminous Bronchitis in Dogs," OFFPRINT FROM: Veterinarian, June, 1877. London: Printed by J.A. Adlard, 1877. 8vo. Publisher's wrappers, some chipping to spine, minor soiling, vertical crease through center.
PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY OSLER, "W.A.J./ from the Author," to upper front wrapper. G&R 7.
2. Introductory lecture on the opening of the forty-fifth session of the medical faculty, McGill University, October 1st, 1877. Montreal: Dawson Brothers, 1877. 8vo. Publisher's wrappers, some soiling, vertical crease through center, bump to lower page edges.
PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY OSLER, "W.A.J." to upper wrapper, and to the title page, "With affectionate regards." G&R 1085.

TWO EARLY WORKS, LIKELY TO OSLER'S MENTOR, A DEDICATEE OF PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. William Arthur Johnson, an amateur biologist and botanist, founded what would become the Trinity College School in Weston, Ontario, in 1865. One of his first students was William Osler who absorbed the reverend's scientific curiosity and his love of literature. As Osler writes affectionately in his "An Address on Sir Thomas Browne" : "As a boy it was my good fortune to come under the influence of a parish priest of the Gilbert White type, who followed the seasons of Nature no less ardently than those of the Church, and whose excursions into science had brought him into contact with physic and physicians. Father Johnson, as his friends loved to call him, founder and Warden of the Trinity College School, near Toronto, illustrated that angelical conjunction (to use Cotton Mather's words) of medicine and divinity more common in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries than in the nineteenth. An earnest student of Sir Thomas Browne, particularly of the Religio Medici, he often read to us extracts in illustration of the beauty of the English language, or he would entertain us with some of the author's quaint conceits, such as the man without a navel (Adam), or that woman was the rib and crooked piece of man. The copy which I hold in my hand (J. T. Fields's edition of 1862), my companion ever since my schooldays, is the most precious book in my library."
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