Letter from William Osler to Lewellys F. Barker [Transcript]
Osler congratulates Barker for his new job at Johns Hopkins. Favorable comments about the team composed of Thayer, Futcher,
McCrae, Cole, Emerson, Howard, and Boggs. Comments on the work that he could expect to do at Johns Hopkins.
[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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1905-04-05 (April 5, 1905)
[Barker, Lewellys F.]
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
(To Dr. L. F. Barker)
1, W. Franklin St.
Wednesday [April 5]
I have not had a moment free since yesterday morning to send you a line of congratulation. Everyone here is much pleased,
& I think the way the announcement has been made has softened the disappointment to Thayer. You will get a very hearty
welcome from Faculty & students, & you have so many friends in the profession here that it will be like coming home.
I hope you will be able to come on before I leave as are many things talk over & arrange. The work of the clinic has grown
enormously & the teaching has increased to a serious degree--the classes being larger this year than we have ever had
& next year the awards will be crowded. The private work, so important for the hospital also grows & takes much time
of the 1st & 2nd assistant. In a way it is a burden but it is most essential to foster for the income it brings to the
Hospital. The heavy work of it must be thrown on the assistants--the chief cannot possibly do more than general direction.
Of course Thayer, Futcher & McCrae make a very strong trio. I do hope Mac will stay--he is very strong as a teacher &
full of sense. Futcher is a saint, you know him well. Cole the 1st assistant is a fine fellow. Emerson & Howard could
not be better & Boggs who has the bacteriology is A. 1. The new clinic room & your new rooms--a private one &
two private laboratories will be most convenient. Much remains in the way of organization for higher lines of work--&
this you can do. I leave on 19th of May. If you could, couple of days before the Meeting at Washington it would be nice or
when you can.