Letter from H. Charlton Bastian to William Osler [Transcript]
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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1884-07-10 (July 10, 1884)
Bastian, H. Charlton
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
Letter from H. Charlton Bastian
To W. O.
2c, Queen Anne Street, W.
July 10, 1884
Dear Dr. Osler
I am glad to learn that there is some good chance of your obtaining the Professorship of Clinical Medicine at Philadelphia.
The careful and thorough scientific training you originally received, your skill as a teacher, your experience as a physician
and as a Pathologist in Montreal, as well as the many valuable contributions you have made towards the advancement of scientific
medicine, all mark you out as one admirably adapted for such a post.
Hoping I may soon learn that you have been appointed to this important chair.