Letter from William Osler to John H. Musser [Transcript]
Osler writes about his own work on tuberculosis and reports on what the Johns Hopkins has done regarding the disease.
[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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1903-12-02 (December 2, 1903)
Musser, John H.
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
(Dr. John H. Musser - Philadelphia)
1 West Franklin St.
Dec. 2nd, 1903.
I was awfully sorry I cannot be with you last night, but I had not my Phipps address written, and I took cold Sunday, so I
thought it was better to stay at home.
You asked me about something with reference to our work here. Personally I think the only good thing I have ever done in connection
with tuberculosis (though I have written a good many papers) is the article in my text-book, which Pepper always delighted
to tell me (said) was the best thing I had ever written. Of our recent work at the hospital, the Laenned Society certainly
stimulated a great deal of interest, and our hospital and dispensary records have, I think, in the matter of tuberculosis
improved very much since. We have started a very good library of tuberculosis, and this year Mr. Phipps has given us twenty
thousand dollars to have a special outpatient dispensary for our tuberculosis cases.