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The William Osler Papers

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Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript] pdf (26,804,399 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Lawrence F. Flick to William Osler [Transcript]
Description:
Flick agrees with Osler that they ought not to organize a third Congress on Tuberculosis to counteract the work of Daniel Lewis and Clark Bell. However, he would like to form a national association, which could prepare the way for an International Congress on Tuberculosis in the U.S. in 1906 or 1907. From what he has heard, he maintains that Lewis's Congress will be a discredit to the country and to the medical profession.
[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 (26,804,399 Bytes)
Date:
1904-03-19 (March 19, 1904)
Creator:
Flick, Lawrence F.
Recipient:
Osler, William
Contributor:
Transcriber: [Cushing, Harvey]
Source:
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Congresses as Topic
Tuberculosis
Exhibit Category:
"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
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English
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Transcript:
To W. O. from Dr. Flick.
Philadelphia,
March 19, 1904
My dear Dr. Osler:
I fully agree with you that there ought not to be a third Congress but I cannot see how the organization of a third Congress is the only way out of the difficulty. What is to prevent us from getting up a United States Society the Prevention of Tuberculosis, with officers and an executive committee with power to appoint representation on the International Committee on Tuberculosis and to prepare the way for an International Congress on Tuberculosis in 1906 or 1907. In my judgment it would not be possible to get up a proper Congress on Tuberculosis earlier than 1906 anyway. From what I have been able to learn of Lewis' organization it will do more harm than good if it meets, and it will be a discredit to our country. If it meets without the support of the decent element of the medical profession the injury will not be nearly so great as it will be if we join with them. Moreover, to espouse the cause of Lewis means to espouse the enmity of all the men who have stood and are standing with the latter. Lewis has invited delegates from small country societies who know absolutely nothing about tuberculosis and who if they ever come together will, through their ignorance and preconceived notions, speaking officially as they will, give us a setback in our work which will take years to overcome. To have at present in this country a large enough number of advanced thinkers on the subject of tuberculosis to get up a decent organization, an organization which will speak with authority and will also speak along the right lines. An organization made up of such men, if it will stand aloof from both Lewis and Bell, not only will counteract all the injury they may do but will do a great deal of good.
We will have at the meeting on the 28th enough representative men from all over the United States to organize ourselves into a representative United States Society and the nucleus thus established, if properly organized, can in a very short time gather round itself every worker in tuberculosis in this country. I do not wish to be stubborn but I cannot bring myself to join forces with men who are actuated by improper motives and who are willing to make subservient aggrandizement any good cause that may come along.
Cordially yours,
Lawrence F. Flick.
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