Letter from William Osler to John H. Musser [Transcript]
Osler asks Musser of his opinion on the proposal made to start a National Medical Historical Society. Osler feels that it
would be a pity to start a new society when there are already so many small societies in existence that have required so much
hard work to maintain.
[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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1903-01-18 (January 18, 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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Osler, Medical History, and Medical Libraries
(To Dr. John H. Musser - Philadelphia)
1 West Franklin St.
I. 18. 03.
Dear J. H.
Many thanks for the Bowditch. He was a noble citizen and the life is well told. I wish there had been a little more about
his Paris days. There has been a proposal made to start a National Medical Historical Society. What do you think of such a
move? It seems a pity to start a new society, when there are so many & but we all have such hard work to keep up our interest
in existing organizations. Whether it should be started - & of unlimited membership or of limited? At your leisure drop
me a line. The question is not the discussed openly as yet.
Your W. W. Gerdards Typhus & Typhoid paper has not yet come back from London. I think I told you I had sent a copy to