Letter from William Porter to Lawrence F. Flick [Transcript]
Porter has refused any official connection to Clark Bell's Congress on Tuberculosis. He lists several necessary measures
that must be taken to combat the spread of tuberculosis in urban centers.
[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.
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1903-11-21 (November 21, 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
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Congresses as Topic
"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
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To Dr. Flick from Dr. Porter
Mount Rose Sanitorium, 9200 South Broadway, St. Louis,
Nov. 21, 1903
Dear Dr. Flick:
Many thanks for yours of recent date. I think as you do regarding the "Congress on Tuberculosis" and have, so far,
refused any official connection with them. I have, however, agreed to read a paper at the one meeting here next year under
certain "conditions." I did not care to seem lacking in loyalty to our city in its exhibition year, but I have since
learned that which makes me hesitate to comply. I have seen too much of medico-politics to have much faith in its value.
Why not make the Henry Phipps Institute the pivotal point for earnest work in this direction and, if you will, have branches
or associate organizations in each large city? Work could be done a permanent association than by any Congress, and yet it
could be in harmony with the best.
I have to organize some of our business men here, but hardly know how to begin. I hope to take up the work of limitation with
our Health Department soon, and also with the Provident Association our largest charity organization.
My first thought is to have the law against spitting in public places, enforced. We have such a law, and it can be made effective.
Then a crusade against closed street-cars and schoolrooms can be made good. I hope, also, the printed circular with directions
as to ventilation, care of the sputum, etc., will be given to each tubercular patient attending the dispensary, the case registered,
tabulated and followed by the inspectors of the Health Department or the Provident Association, who will enforce the provisions
of the circular and also order disinfection when needed.
The compulsion of the registration of private patients is another matter which I feel, from former experience, needs to be
dealt with very carefully.
I am not, as yet, a dweller in Utopia, but I believe that these things, at least, are within reach and that the business and
social activities so marked in our city at this time makes the present most opportune for aggressive work.
Advise me as you can along these lines and any other that you may think practical. I need more light, and feel that the field
is large, and while there will be plenty of help there is need of a well-devised organization. The kind recognition of the
little that has been done and a great opportunity and necessities, make the sense of responsibility very burdensome.
I beg your indulgence for this long letter and, with many wishes for your own success, I remain