About Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was an american poet and physician. He was acclaimed by his peers as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous poems are the Breakfast-Table series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He was also an important medical reformer. In addition to his work as an author and poet, Holmes also served as a physician, professor, lecturer, and inventor, and although he never practiced it, he received formal training in law.