Osler and McGill

Sir William Osler
Sir William Osler (1849-1919)

I gave a presentation on Sir William Osler’s presence at McGill in the 21st century at a symposium organized by McGill’s department of Social Studies of Medicine on February 3, 2021. You can find the recording here. In this brief presentation, I address three issues around Osler and his legacy at McGill. First, defining Osler… Continue reading Osler and McGill

Calcified ventricular aneurysm

Calcified old ventricular aneurysm.
Photograph of a heart specimen obtained at autopsy showing an old septal ventricular aneurysm that has partially calcified. The left ventricular free wall and posterior wall of the left atrium have been divided and retracted to demonstrate the septal surface of the left ventricle and the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve.

The findings in the image above were seen in the anteroseptal left ventricular myocardium of an adult woman who died unexpectedly in non-suspicious circumstances. She was known for coronary artery disease and a remote myocardial infarct. Examination did indeed reveal a remote anteroseptal myocardial infarct that likely led to the formation of an inchoate aneurysm… Continue reading Calcified ventricular aneurysm

Adrenal amyloidosis

Adrenal amyloidosis - low magnification
Adrenal cortex and medulla, autopsy specimen, low magnification (H&E)

These photomicrographs belong to the adrenal taken at autopsy of an older adult who died in hospital of renal failure and resistant shock. He had been recently diagnosed with AA amyloidosis. The cause of his resistant shock was thought to be due to sepsis, although no organisms were ever detected and he did not respond… Continue reading Adrenal amyloidosis