Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript]
Arrangements for Osler's upcoming lecture in Philadelphia. Flick asks for Osler's help in uniting the workers on Tuberculosis
in an effort to bring the International Congress on Tuberculosis to the U.S. in 1905. Flick points out the degeneracy of the
old Congress on Tuberculosis and the rising need for a new and improved organization.
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
About this transcript: Soon after Osler's death in 1919, Lady Osler asked their good friend Dr. Harvey Cushing to write
a biography. For this project, Cushing gathered a wide variety of material, including a substantial amount of Osler correspondence
and other memorabilia borrowed from Osler's family, friends, and colleagues. He employed three secretaries to transcribe
these documents, and later donated the transcripts (along with his other working materials) to the Osler Library. Because
many of the original documents were returned to the owners, the Cushing transcripts constitute the largest and most accessible
collection of Osler's correspondence.
Harvey Cushing's "Life of Sir William Osler" was published by Oxford University Press in 1925, and was awarded
a Pulitzer Prize in 1926.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (422,167 Bytes)
1903-10-31 (October 31, 1903)
Flick, Lawrence F.
Transcriber: [Cushing, Harvey]
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to Mazyck P. Ravenel [Transcript] (October 28, 1903)
Letter from William Osler to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript] (November 2, 1903)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript] (November 4, 1903)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to H. W. Bracken [Transcript] (November 7, 1903)
Letter from H. W. Bracken to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript] (November 9, 1903)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to E. L. Trudeau [Transcript] (November 10, 1903)
Letter from E. L. Trudeau to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript] (November 17, 1903)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Porter [Transcript] (November 12, 1903)
Letter from William Porter to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript] (November 21, 1903)
Letter from William Osler to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript] (November 25, 1903)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript] (November 27, 1903)
Letter from Henry Barton Jacobs to J. George Adami [Transcript] (February 1, 1904)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript] (March 4, 1904)
Letter from William Osler to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript] (March 16, 1904)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript] (March 17, 1904)
Letter from William Osler to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript] (March 18, 1904)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript] (March 19, 1904)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript] (March 21, 1904)
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William H. Welch [Transcript] (March 23, 1904)
Letter from William H. Welch to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript] (March 24, 1904)
To Dr. Osler from Dr. Flick
October 31, 1903
My dear Dr. Osler:
Your letter of the 30th inst. to hand. Monday November 30th will suit me just as well and we will fix that date. We cannot
altogether dispense with the reception as that is the only way in which you can keep in touch with the medical profession
at large and to get in touch with the people. We can compromise matters, however, by having a dinner such as you suggest at
4 or 5 o'clock in the afternoon and having a less pretentious reception after the lecture. We can do all this without
any greater expense than we were under last time by taking the New Century drawing-room hall, and having the reception in
the hall immediately after the lecture. We will have what is called a light reception such as ice-cream, cake, coffee, and
a few sandwiches. If agreeable to you, I would like ask Dr. Musser to introduce you. I expect Dr. Phipps to be present at
the lecture and of course we will have him at dinner. If the ideas here outlined do not please you, I shall be glad to have
The title of your lecture pleases me very much and I see nothing to modify in it. We shall at once get our tickets ready.
If you could let me have the abstract early we will prepare for distribution in advance, so that the medical journals throughout
the world can have it. I would like very much also to have in advance a very brief biography of yourself and a good photograph.
I know this is repugnant to you but you are well aware that the present-day newspapers insist on having something of the kind
and that they will get it in some form in spite of all we can do. It is better to have something we approve of than something
which we do not, and the only way in which we can have what we want is to give it under our own control.
If I may be permitted to say a word on another subject at the present time, I would like to bespeak your cooperation in our
endeavors to unite the workers on tuberculosis in this country for the purpose of bringing the International Congress on Tuberculosis
here in 1905. As you know, the former Congress on Tuberculosis, so-called, has brought much odium on itself and the men who
were interested in it are now divided. We wish to steer clear of both factions and to bring together the workers in each state
under the form of a league against tuberculosis and have these various leagues send delegates to Philadelphia sometime prior
to the next meeting of the American Medical Association for the purpose of extending an invitation to the Congress, and formulating
plans for its work and entertainment. I have been told that some good men have allied themselves with one or other of these
factions and it may be in your power to influence some of these to keep aloof, so that the workers may ultimately be united.
It seems that the invitations have been extended to one or other of these factions to foreign countries to send delegates.
Perhaps it is in your power to induce your confreres in England and in Canada to hold aloof for a little while until matters
can be properly shaped here. I assure you that any assistance you can give us in this work will be greatly appreciated.