Letter from William Osler to H. V. Ogden [Transcript]
Osler discusses Ogden's research and microscope work. Osler spent Easter in Toronto. He relates news of the Francis family
and of Reynolds, who he saw in Hamilton. He will go to Winnipeg by the Lakes. He is beginning to feel settled in Philadelphia,
although the "Methods" are very much behind those at McGill.
[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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ca. April 1885
Ogden, H. V.
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
(Dr. H. V. Ogden)
131 S. 15th St.
Your very nice sections & photos came safely. That's from the tumor of foot is evidently myeloid sarcoma, springing
doubtless as they sometimes do from the periosteum. The other, I am in doubt as to the true nature & have not yet gone
over very carefully. You will have quite a nice microscopical section. Have you used Gramm's method for staining bacilli
and micrococci. It is exceptionally good. Section or top cover in the solution of Gent. violet & aniline oil for a variable
time, 10 minutes to 24 hrs. (for sections the latter) then transfer to sol. of Iodine grs XXIV Pot. idod. grs XLVIII. destil.
water 1 pint. In a watch glass the iodine sol. takes the stain from all the structures except the microorganisms. Then transfer
to absol. alcoh. & the alcohol washes out the iodine & the dye and leaves a perfectly colorless slide or section in
which only the microbes retain the stain. Do you get good staining fluids in Milwaukee? R. & J Beck Optic. here (on Chestnut
St.) keep the good magenta fluid for Bacillus tubercul. rapid method, & Hayes, Chemist. Cor. Broad & Walnut, makes
good Gent. & Methyl violet stains & Bis brown. If you don't get them good in M. let me send you some. I shall
send you a copy of my Gulstonian lectures in a day or so. Was in Toronto for Easter. All well. May had typhoid. Percy comes
of age today and what is more satisfactory comes into $60 or 70,000. Saw Reynolds in Hamilton. He seems thriving. Do you go
to New Orleans? I shall go to Winnipeg on the Lakes. Feel quite at home here now. A few consultations comment. Finished exams.
Methods very much behind McGill. Men are pretty bright. Let me know about the stains. So much depends on getting them well
made. If you would like some good slides of T. bacilli or top covers charged with sputum containing them say the word.
P.S. I have no photo of you. Send one along. Hope you're bd. has grown.