Letter from William Osler to George J. Coy [Transcript]
Osler requests Coy's help in collecting information on the health of their students. He asks Coy to find out which of
the students have withdrawn by request of the Faculty, on account of ill-health, or because of death. He is particularly interested
to know how many students contracted Typhoid.
[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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1900-01-05 (January 5, 1900)
Coy, George J.
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
(J. H. Medical School - Coy)
Baltimore, Jan. 5th, 1900
Dear Mr. Coy:
I have been asked by the faculty to look up the question of the health of the students since the school opened. Will you look
over the lists, and tick off those who have withdrawn: (a) at the request of the faculty; (b) on account of ill-health; (c)
death; (d) various reasons? I daresay by little inquiry among the first and second classes you will be able to get all the
desired information. I want particularly to find out how many have been ill with typhoid or any other protracted sickness.