An Alabama Student and other Biographical Essays
An Alabama Student and other Biographical Essays
An Alabama Student and other Biographical Essays
An Alabama Student and other Biographical Essays


An Alabama Student and other Biographical Essays

OSLER, William

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Young "Willie" Osler (1849-1919) was sent to a boarding grammar school at Barrie on Lake Simcoe from 1864 to 1867. The school was the same one his older brothers had attended, the principal, Rev. W. F. Chickley, being a friend of Osler's father. A popular boy, Osler made friends here he never forgot and corresponded with them for the rest of his life. There were three students in the school who earned the name of "Barrie's Bad Boys" - Ned Milburn, Charlie Locke and Willie Osler. The "Bad Boys" were always pulling pranks. Ned Milburn, the last surviving of the three, recalled that the future doctor "easily ranked first in the whole school," but found time to escape at night to go swimming, pinch melons, throw rocks at animals, and pose as a blond female in response to an American advertising for a wife (Cushing, The Life of Sir William Osler, pp. 23-26). According to Cushing's biography of Osler, the latter wrote a letter from Paris to Milburn in Belleville, Ontario in January 1909, asking "Did you get my volume of essays - The Alabama Student?" This is the book to which he referred, signed and delivered to his old friend. Osler's essays in this volume reflect his "lifelong interest in biography as a recreation," as he states in the Preface. The "Alabama Student" is Dr. John Y. Bassett of Huntville, Alabama, a pioneer in preventive medicine. Other essays feature the buccaneer Thomas Dover, John Keats, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Locke, William Harvey and others.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press American Branch
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1908
  • Place Published: New York
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Ex library-very good +
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    [6], 334 p. 23 cm. B&w frontispiece portrait of John Bassett and 8 other b&w illustrations and facsimiles. Red cloth hardcover. Faded spine with small spot and minor wear to spine ends. Ink stamp on front free endpaper is only library marking. Presentation copy signed by Osler on dedication page to Edward Milburn. A few spots to covers. Front tissue guard loosening.

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