Regarded by many as the ideal medical practitioner, Sir William Osler was a great humanitarian who emphasised compassion for the individual. Osler often referred to his bedside library classic works as a guide to our inner education - inspiring one to be a great doctor with even greater humanity. Serving as an introduction to the world's great literature for physicians, this new volume features a collection of excerpts from the favourite books of Sir William Osler. To further supplement Osler s guidance, the editors have included excerpts from 20 other great works of literature. Each is introduced by a leader in medical humanities who discusses why these works have long been admired.