Letter from William Osler to Francis J. Shepherd [Transcript]
He discusses plans to travel to Montreal for Christmas. His work at Blockley keeps him busy: he has 80 patients to look after.
He writes that public comments made by Shepherd re. Canada Medical Association & the Quebec profession will "stir
[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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1886-10-12 (October 12, 1886)
Shepherd, Francis J.
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
(To Dr. F. J. Shepherd)
131 S. 15th St., Phila
[Oct.] 12th 
How are you all? It seems long since I have heard from any of you. I felt very like skipping North on the 1st, per your introductory
lecture. I felt rather homesick. I still, at times, Philip a stranger and a Pilgrim know everyone is very kind and I have
got on better than I could have anticipated. I must arrange to spend some days in Montreal at Xmas, and run up also to the
Carnival if you have one this winter. Everything goes on here is usual. My hospital work at Blockly keeps me very busy as
I have 80 patients to look after. I am able however to do much more satisfactory word teaching then heretofore. Hays asked
me the other day about a note of yours in re Canada Med. Association & the Quebec profession. He thought it would rather
stir up dust and I agree with him. I hope Mrs. S. and the chicks are well. Give my love to Ernest and the little woman. I
suppose Cooie is now devoted to No. 3.
Please give my kind regards to your mother & sisters