Letter from William Osler to H. V. Ogden [Transcript]
He writes of the early days at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, comments on his colleagues and on the American health system.
[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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1889-06-26 (June 26, 1889)
Ogden, H. V.
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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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
(Dr. H. V. Ogden)
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, June 26th, 1889
I send my Cerebral palsies of Kids. & a val. address. Health Boards will save the profession in this country if well-organized.
Wish you could come down here -bed always at your disposal. We are in full swing - 50 patients in wards & averaging 60-80
Dispensaries daily. I am largely responsible for Kelly who is the highest gynepod & one of the best operators in the country.
I know him intimately. He has a bitter enemy in Joe Price & I have no doubt some of his friends have been talking. His
record is remarkable. His third successful Cesarean - mothers & children - was performed 6 weeks ago. I wish you could
have had Senn here. That Washington escapade & those letters killed him in the East. I shall be in Toronto for Aug. 1st.
Was there last week - all well.