Letter from William Osler to members of the Board of Governors of Montreal General Hospital
Osler appeals to unidentified addressee to vote for him to replace Dr. Drake as Attending Physician to the Montreal General
Hospital. He lists his accomplishments and professional posts, as well as his contributions to Scientific and Practical Medicine.
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
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. Many of the original documents
were returned to the owners. The originals that were retained, together with 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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1878-03-18 (March 18, 1878)
Montreal General Hospital
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
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Medical Education and Early Career, McGill University, 1870-1884
1351 St. Catherine St., March 18th, 1878.
Dr. Drake having intimated his intention of resigning his position on the staff of Attending Physicians to the Montreal General
Hospital, I beg to solicit your vote and influence in my favour at the election which takes place in May next. I have already
served the Hospital as Physician to the Smallpox Department, for the past two years, under the direction of the Medical Board,
as Pathologist. At present, I hold the position of Professor of the Institutes of Medicine in McGill University. As affording
evidence of a desire to advance the cause of Medical Science and of diligence in the pursuit of my profession, I may be permitted
to append a list of my contributions to Scientific and Practical Medicine, many of which have issued from the Montreal General
I have the honor to remain
Your obedient servant,
Wm. Osler, M.D.
1. On certain Organisms in the Blood. - (Proceedings of Royal Society, London, 1873.)
2. On the Pathology of Miner's Lung. - (From Montreal General Hospital.) - Canada Medical and Surgical Journal, 1875.
3. On a peculiar case of Scarlatina. - (From the Montreal General Hospital.) - C. M. & S. Journal, 1875.
4. Clinical Notes on Smallpox: -
(a) The Initial Rashes.
(b) Hemorrhagic Smallpox.
(c) A peculiar form of Smallpox.
The result of my work in the Smallpox Department of the Hospital, 1876.
5. Case of Pernicious Anemia (with Dr. Gardner) - C. M. & S. Journal, 1877.
6. Case of Aneurysm of Hepatic Artery (with Dr. Ross). - - C. M. & S. Journal, 1877.
7. Verminous Bronchitis in Dogs. - The Veterinarian, London, 1877.
8. Case of Pernicious Anemia (with Dr. Bell.) - Trans. of Canada Medical Association, 1877.
9. Beschaffenheit des Blutes und Knochenmark es bei Pernicioser Anemia. Centralblatt f. d. Med. Wissenschaften, Berlin, 1877.
10. Case of Hypertrophy of the Heart, following muscular exertion. - (From the Montreal General Hospital.) - C. M. & S.
11. On the Nature and Pathology of Hog Cholera. - (Memoir read before the New York Pathological Society, January 23rd, 1878.)
12. Pathological Report of the Montreal General Hospital for the year ending May 1st, 1877. - Dawson Brothers, Montreal, 1878.
The first Scientific Report issued from a Canadian Hospital.