Letter from William Osler to Francis J. Shepherd [Transcript]
The Oslers returned from Europe three weeks ago, but Mrs. Osler and Revere have just returned from Canada. Osler had to stay
in Baltimore to prepare the medical school for the new session. He reports on his travels in England and Holland over the
summer, during which he attended the British Congress on Tuberculosis and the meeting of the British Medical Association.
He later joined his wife and son in Scotland. He writes of his rare book findings, especially from Muller in Holland. He is
finding it difficult to keep up his medical practice and still have time for teaching and private work. Osler is glad that
Shepherd is now the president of the Canadian Medical Association and offers to deliver an address at the next meeting. He
has enjoyed reading Macallum's addresses and wonders if it is too late to have his and Wright's portraits done. He
mentions Schafer and Stephen MacKenzie.
[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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1901-10-18 (October 18, 1901)
[Shepherd, Francis 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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Very glad to have your letter this evening. We got back three weeks ago. Mrs. O & Revere have just returned from Canada.
I could not go with them as there were a score of things to do before the session opened & we were arranging a new scheme
for our 4th year work by which the men would have more time in Medicine & Surgery and bunching the specialties to practical
demonstrations & work in the Dispensaries. We had a very good summer, after 10 days in London we went to Holland for a
fortnight, then back to London for the Tuberculosis Congress. Mrs. Osler joined Revere in Scotland where he'd gone with
this governess. I went to the BMH & then joined them at North Berwick where we spent 6 weeks. Shafer & his family
live there so it was very pleasant. I have been book hunting all summer and secured some treasures in Holland, chiefly from
Muller of Amsterdam who keeps a good stock. I sent out one or two books for the Library & I got in London a good copy
of Harvey's De Generatione Anamalium, English Edition, which I left to have bound & forwarded. All goes well here,
except that I am bothered to death with practice - hard to keep it within decent limits so as to have time for teaching &
private work. What is the Date of the CMA? If it is after the middle of Sept. I can be with you & would be only too glad
to give the Address in Medicine or anything else you wish. So glad that you are the President this year. Love to Cecil &
Dorothy. I hope you will be down this winter, & bring Cecil.
I saw Stephen McKenzie several times - he is better but the emphysema is increasing and he looks far from well. I have been
reading with interest MacCallums Addresses - they have some good things & several bring back old days & ways. What
a d- shame that we never had his portrait painted. Is it too late? Wrights too?