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Letter from William Osler to H. A. Lafleur [Transcript] pdf (389,964 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from William Osler to H. A. Lafleur [Transcript]
He gives LaFleur details of the position he has nominated him for at the Johns Hopkins. He warns LaFleur not to make news of this job offer public until the Hospital Authorities make the decision final.
[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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1889-03-12 (March 12, 1889)
Osler, William
Lafleur, H. A.
Transcriber: [Cushing, Harvey]
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
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Letters (correspondence)
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(W. O. to H. A. Lafleur)
1502 Walnut St.
Dear Lafleur
There should be no difficulty. We can smuggle you thro - on bond. We have a meeting on Saturday when the candidates will be discussed. The position for wh I shall nominate you is that a 1st assistant or house Phy. (not yet settled which designation) & as I said you will in all probability be named Fellow in Med - at an early date. You will have charge of the Med. Wards & of the clinic laboratory & superintend under me the Resident students & scientific work. I mentioned the sum of $500 - it has not yet been fixed definitely but should it be last I can arrange to make it up so upon this you can count. I take it for granted that my nomination will carry -
I send the paper with a desc of the Hospital - in wh. I dare say your father will be interested. My kind regards to him & to your brother. I am sorry to steal you away but I feel sure that you will have a pleasant & profitable time.
Sincerely yours,
Wm Osler
P.S. Do not make it public until the Hosp. Auth. act on it. Brush up your physiological chemistry. I shall want you to go into that Dept. with energy.
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