Letter from H. W. Bracken to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript]
Bracken is pleased to hear that the Phipps Institute will take a neutral position on the Congress on Tuberculosis question
for the time being. He agrees with Flick that Drs. Trudeau and Biggs should not be left out of any Congress dealing with tuberculosis.
He comments on Daniel Lewis's strategy for organizing his own Congress.
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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.
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1903-11-09 (November 9, 1903)
Bracken, H. W.
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
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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
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To Dr. Flick from Dr. Bracken
Minnesota State Board of Health, 514 Pioneer Press Bldg., St. Paul, Minn.,
Nove. 9, 1903
My dear Doctor:
Yours of Nov. 7th was duly received. I am pleased with your statement that the Henry Phipps Institute will take a neutral
position for the time being in this Congress of Tuberculosis question and that you will pursue your course of education and
endeavor to stimulate effort everywhere. I quite agree with you that the plans which you began a year ago should not be laid
down; the attempt of correlating tuberculosis workers so far as possible, and aiding every man in the field who wants aid.
I quite agree with you that medical politics should not creep into, not only your plans, but any general work bearing upon
the subject of tuberculosis. I am speaking as an outsider, and I'm trying to look at the matter for the general good of
all parties concerned.
I quite agree with you that Drs. Trudeau and Biggs should not be left out of any congress dealing with tuberculosis. Both
of them are pioneers along their special lines. You speak of Dr. Lewis having practically ignored men working along the lines
of tuberculosis. I had not considered it ignoring. My idea was rather that Dr. Lewis had thought there was an abundance of
time to work up this Congress for 1905 and that he had pushed the matter very far up to the present; that his whole point
had been one of organization, and that he intended to approach these special workers later on. I am inclined to think that
Dr. Lewis did not appreciate the largeness of the work before him. In his organization as carried to the present point he
might have made a mistake in approaching certain executives throughout the country in the first instance rather than the men
who were doing special work pertaining to tuberculosis. I presume his idea in following this course with that said executives
would be familiar with the special workers from their individual states would be able to get them interested in the work.
I know you will understand the spirit in which I have made this last statement, and I trust that Dr. Lewis will take prompt
action now to solicit the support of the men whom you feel he should have approached in the first instance.
I must admit that I still feel that a mistake was made in New York in 1902 in the attempt to create a proper Congress of Tuberculosis
out of the old Clark Bell machine. I did not take part in that meeting although I was present, and my advice at that time
was that we should allow the old organization to die. Still further I feel as you do that if an attempt had to be made at
that time to create a new organization out of the old, the officers should have been chosen from the special workers along
the lines of tuberculosis. I presume the Dr. Lewis was looked upon as a good executive and a good organizer, and was chosen
for this reason by those who were acting as representatives of the Congress. I hope the present complications may be worked
out satisfactorily and I even go further and trust that conditions may be such as to secure your support for this Congress
represented by Dr. Lewis as its president.