Letter from William Osler to Francis J. Shepherd [Transcript]
Osler mentions of a hostile feeling between the Montreal General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital. It has a bad influence
among the younger men. He heard about it outside of Montreal. Suggests that the seniors should put a stop to it and make the
school a rallying point. What difference does it make at which one of them a man works. Do get Armstrong, Bell and the others
to take a more rational view. Glad of Edith Molson's engagement. Asking help for Dr. Abbott. Compliment on her work.
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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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1906-01-30 (January 30, 1906)
[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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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
The Johns Hopkins Hospital,
Baltimore, Jan. 30th, 1906.
How stupid of the railway people, considering the number of parcels we get. Thanks all the same for the apples. Perhaps they
will be there on our return.
It is too bad that the M. G. H. should be depleted at intervals, but I cannot but feel that the persistency of a hostile feeling,
latent or manifest, between the two great institutions is very detrimental, and is having a very bad influence among the younger
men. I hear it talked about outside Montreal. I think that the seniors among you should put a stop to it and make the school
a rallying point, and reach a mental attitude that makes no difference whether a man is at the R. V. H. or the M. G. H., so
long as he is a good McGill man working earnestly at a school. After all the hospitals are only clinical laboratories for
the school, and what the deuce difference does it make at which one of them a man works? Do get Armstrong, Bell and the other
men to take more rational view of the situation . . .
Give my love to the girls. So glad to hear of Edith Nelson's engagement.
Do get one of your young fellows to help Dr. Abbott with the anatomical part of the Museum Catalogue. It would be very nice
to have a series of good illustrations of the chief anomalies. I am sure her work is going to be of great importance.