Letter from William Osler to Henry P. Bowditch [Transcript]
He writes of his upcoming trip to Europe to visit with family, attend "the Congress," and to visit small-town medical
clinics. He is enjoying Baltimore and is impressed with the Hospital's progress.
[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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1890-02-28 (February 28, 1890)
Bowditch, Henry P.
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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You know how unreliable I am & will scarcely believe me when I say that my passage is taken for April 26th - Etruria -to
Liverpool. I should have preferred to go direct to Germany but I have two old Aunts in Cornwall who are ill & I must see
them first. Let me know what your plans are. I shall spend May & June knocking about the medical clinics in the smaller
towns which I have not yet visited. I want particularly to see the arrangements of the clinical laboratories & study the
methods of teaching &c, July, I shall spend in England with relatives & friends. Shall be at the Congress in August
& and am due here Sept. 1st.
If you are in Dresden I shall go to see you first but I fear you may be in Italy or on the road, in which case we could meet
We are having a very comfortable winter. I like Baltimore, & the Hospital has prospered beyond our expectations. I have
a niece keeping house for me.
I shall be glad to see you all. Kind regards Mrs. Bowditch & love to the children.