Letter from William Osler to J. W. Croskey [Transcript]
Cushing's handwritten note below reads, "Written on Dr. Osler's prescription blank in his autograph. A response
to a request for data for the Biographical History of Blockley! -- to Croskey."
From "The Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford." Osler looks back with fondness to his years of service at Blockley,
specifically to his professional experience with malaria, and to his colleagues, "the best and kindest."
[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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1918-12-26 (December 26, 1918)
Croskey, J. W.
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
From the Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford
26 - XII - 18
Greetings Cardiac. The American Who's Who has all the essential data, which your secretary can copy - I have added in
the circular a few others. You may also like to add the following: - "I look back with rare pleasure to my term of service
at Blockley 1885 - 89. My appointment I go to Dr. Pepper. The words were always full of interesting cases, and my literary
output, while in Philadelphia, came very largely from the Philadelphia Hospital Service. The Malaria experience was the special
value. I had the best and kindest of colleagues: - Tyson, Bruen, Musser, Hughes and others. With pecular pleasure too I look
back on my Association with a group of keen and intelligent residents, and with Miss Fisher and Miss Horner, in the recently
established training school for nurses, nor must I forget dear old Owen, on the medical floor, with his Hippocratic gift of