"Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability" ~ William Osler

Ask Osleriana

Electronic Documents Archives

Created by Alexander D. Jones & H. Michael Jones, MD. A labor of love begun in 2006 & nursed to its feet by financial aid from Frank Neelon, MD & Duke University. Entrusted to the American Osler Society.

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Searching the AskOsleriana Database


An outline of the file structure of the database contents can be displayed by searching on the word "sketch" (search by Title) which will bring up a word document in outline form of the basics of the contents.

For the next few weeks we will be working to restore some additional functionality to the Database, so that, for now, all we have is a basic search function and the ability to download files returned by the search. Please be patient with us as we work through this integration.


The user is presented with a simple single bar in which to enter a search term. Since some of the materials in the database do not have "body text", such as photos or audio files, the only means of searching for these is by title, which is a separate search from that for matches in the body of textual documents. For completeness it is suggested that users do a search for their words of interest in both modes. When the "Search" button is clicked, the user will be presented with all the "hits" found in the database (varies depending on search by "title" or "document text").