Sunday, 8 March 2015

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AEQUANIMITAS

SIR WILLIAM OSTLER

AequanimitasEmblazoned on the shield of The Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine is the word Aequanimitas. 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 defines this concept as coolness and presence of mind under all circumstances, calmness amid storm, clearness of judgment in moments of grave peril. In full development, it has the nature of a divine gift, a blessing to the possessor, a comfort to all who come in contact with him. At the beginning of their Osler residency, interns are given a copy of this essay --- both to bolster their spirit and to refresh their memories during the trials of the following year.

Etymology

From aequus (equal; calm) + animus (mind, soul) + -itās.

Pronunciation

Noun

aequanimitās f (genitive aequanimitātis); third declension
  1. goodwill, kindness, favor
  2. calmness, patience, equanimity