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The William Osler Papers

Letter from William Osler to George Ross pdf (1,260,499 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from William Osler to George Ross
Osler reports on his experience in Germany. He has written Bastian encouraging him to come visit. He hopes McGill will arrange for himself and for Mills to live at the College. He envies the high salaries earned by German doctors. Arrangements for the upcoming meeting of the Canadian Medical Association in Montreal.
[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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1887-06-10 (June 10, 1887)
Osler, William
[Ross, George]
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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Wednesday 10th [June 10, 1884]
Dear Ross,
Journal of May and your letter came on Monday -- Glad to have them April No. [of journal] never turned up. Have written to Bastian. Hope he will come but he wrote to me saying that he could not. Shall be most happy to play distinguished stranger at 49 Union Ave [Ross's address in Montreal]. Came here last week -- very glad. Wish I had done so at first as everything is most angenehm in Cohnheim's Laboratory. Weigert is in charge, C. being ill with gouty nephritis. I go there at 8 AM, work until 10:30 at Bacteria, then go to Leuckart's laboratory
until 1 PM when I dine and return to Weigert or go to Zurn's assistant at the Veterinary School. Wagner's Med. Clinic here is good. I have not yet been to Flechsig. The buildings here are very convenient. I am living opposite the Zoologisches Institut -- very comfortable pension -- much more so than the Berlin one and at 2/3s the cost. Lord! Don't I wish I could live all the year round for 120 marks a month (beer included). Were it not for my books &c. it would be a great economy to live abroad all the year. I have asked Howard to get the little inner room rigged up for the Koch apparatus which we ought to have so that we could have some cultures under weight [sic] when the
Association is there. I shall try to bring out some cultures wh. will do for stock -- The only trouble is that the heat may destroy them. I do hope the Faculty will be able to arrange for Mills and myself to live at the College. How I envy some of these men! Leuckart has about $4,000 a year, with a splendid set of apartments on the 3rd floor of the Institute. It seems comisch at first to see the upper flats devoted to the families of the professors and assistants but it saves time and money. Perhaps next summer the Governors might put a double mansard on and give me the upper one. What a deuce of a rumpus Lachappelle[?] has stirred up! Those papers looked bad. Glad to hear from Dick MacDonnell that a telephone has been put in the College. Have a letter half ready -- will be out by 1st and a Leipzig one
will do for August. Hope the Surg. Congress one and Koch Dinner are both in this No. If the latter came too late don't put it in the July No. as it will be very stale. Glad to hear of the preparation for the C.M.A. Lawson Tait will give an address on abd. Surg. and I have asked Sanderson (with Mullin's consent) to give one on Medicine. I have had no word from him yet tho [sic] it is some weeks since I wrote. Shall write again. I leave here July 12th. B[an]k of Montreal or 25 Russell Sq. will find me in London. Let me know if I can bring out anything. I shall send out a couple of trunks from here. This writing is awful but the pen is worse.
Yours sincerely,
Wm. Osler
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