Letter from William Osler to Lewellys F. Barker [Transcript]
Osler says he is glad that Barker is feeling better. He mentions that there is an extraordinary frequency of tonsilar enlargements
in the children in England and Osler believes that the great prevalence of acute rheumatism is connected with this. Glad that
Norton is taking Hurd's place. While he will be in Baltimore he will stay with the Jacobs. He will come to the Hospital.
Mention that Emerson's book is taking well, the Harveian went off well too although he wanted to touched the law of anticipation
and the law of residuals.
[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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1 November 1906?
Barker, Lewellys F.
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
(To Dr. Llewellys Barker)
7, Norham Gardens, Oxford
So glad to have your letter this eve & to hear that you are better. You were most wise to have the tonsils attacked. What
a source of endless mischief they are! I am much impressed here with the extraordinary frequence of tonsilar enlargements
in the children & no doubt the great prevalence of acute rheumatism among them is connected with this. I am so glad that
Norton is taking Hurd's place as it will put him in the line for work of this sort. What's a worry you must have had
about Jack H! Thanks for the offer of quarters but I have promised to stay with Jacobs & I shall put up for a few days
at the Hospital so as to see as much as possible of the boys. Emerson's book is taking well here; all those to whom I
had sent copies are delighted. The Harveian went off very well. I could not get in all I wished to say & could not touch
two interesting points illustrated in all discoveries of the first rank - the law of anticipation & the law of residuals
- very well shown in Harvey's work. I have a nice little clinical class, & the school seems gaining, but the antique
collegiate system is very obstructive and it is hard to do much in short terms of 8 weeks - & only three of them.