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Letter from John Burdon Sanderson to James Tyson [Transcript] pdf (976,708 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from John Burdon Sanderson to James Tyson [Transcript]
Letter of recommendation for Osler to become Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
[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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1884-08-02 (August 2, 1884)
Burdon Sanderson, John
[Tyson, James]
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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Philadelphia Years: The University of Pennsylvania, 1884-1889
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Letters (correspondence)
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Letter from H. Burdon Sanderson
50, Banbury Road, Oxford.
Aug. 2, 84.
My dear Sir,
My friend Dr. Osler has asked me to write to you with reference to his fitness to undertake his duties of Professor of Clinical Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Osler, as I daresay you know, pursued his study of physiology for some time in his Physiol. Laboratory of University College, London, where I was then Professor. He devoted himself specially to histological side of his subject with which he acquired a very thorough acquaintance, but did not neglect other parts of it. In a paper communicated to the Royal Society when he was in London, he described and studied for the first time this peculiar structures in the blood to which Bizzozna has more recently called "Blut plattchan" an written about at great length without sufficiently recognizing the previous and perfectly accurate investigations of Dr. Osler.
Since Dr. Osler's settlement in Montreal, he has followed out his physiological studies in the directions of anatomical and clinical pathology. From his papers on these subjects and from what I know otherwise of his occupations during his last few years as a clinicist. I have no doubt that he is very well qualified to undertake his duties of a clinical teacher. I believe him to be thoroughly acquainted with his present position of pathology and likely to advance it by his own work. I also think if he were appointed Professor in a great University he would exercise a good influence in promoting earnest study among his pupils.
I hoped until a short time ago to have the pleasure of meeting you either Montreal or Philadelphia this autumn. I am prevented by [?] from which although I am convalescent I am not sufficiently so to undertake the journey.
I am, My dear dear Sir,
Yours faithfully,
H. Burdon Sanderson
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