To honor Dr. Robert Bayley Osgood is instinctive in all who know him, and to contribute to this volume is a privilege, for what orthopedic surgeon does not owe an everlasting debt of gratitude to this teacher and friend?
The title of this brief essay has been chosen with care, for "Dr. Bobby," as he is affectionately known to most of his students, is indeed an expert at the fine art of living.
As a young man, Dr. Osgood worked hard. He was a leading surgeon in World War I, and he labored unceasingly to build and perfect the orthopedic services at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Children's Hospital. But fifteen years ago he began to exhibit a faculty often seen in men who are wise as well as great—the faculty of relaxation.
Relaxation is a gift, or rather an art, for while its roots are in the personality,