Letter from William Osler to Daniel C. Gilman [Transcript]
He updates Gilman on the progress of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He comments on the new director, and on Halsted and Kelly.
He writes of his plans to travel to Europe at which time he would like to meet with Gilman to discuss the Medical School.
[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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1890-03-06 (March 6, 1890)
Gilman, Daniel C.
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
209 W. Monument St. March 6th. 1890
Dear Mr. Gilman
I feel rather conscious-stricken that I have not reported progress to the Ex-Director. Everything works smoothly on the lines
laid down by you but a few details will give you an idea of our present condition. We have now had nearly 1000 in-patients
& over 11,000 out-patients! Today the word population is 130 and the income from private patients over $360.
The new Director is excellent in all respects & gets on well with every one. I do not know that he has quite our appreciation
of the Training School tho he & Miss Hampton are the best of terms. Halsted is doing remarkable work in Surgery &
I feel that his appointment to the University & the Hospital would now be quite safe. Kelly's department is now in
full swing. We made a great hit in Sister Rachael who is a bond of peace, but I tell her that she has sadly degenerated, &
has so far departed from the faith once delivered to Fox as to frequent playhouses. Miss Hampton has fulfilled Mrs. Gilman's
prognosis, and she has been most successful in getting probationers of a high class; but unfortunately she selects them altogether
for their good looks & the House staff is by this time in a sad state. The chief is, I fear, hopeless - you remember Keats
- "They could not in the self same mansion dwell without some stir of heart &c", but it is not the "gentle
Isabel". Miss Parsons as I dare say you have heard has gone to the Maryland General.
The bulletin you will have already seen & the first two numbers of the Reports. Both start with firm support but the latter
may drag a little as it is so hard to get men to write.
I leave April 26th by Etruria & Shelby in London about May 6th. My address will be Brown Bros. Do let me know of your
whereabouts as I am most anxious to talk over the Medical School & if possible arrange to go to Cambridge with you. I
shall spend the greater part of May & all of June in a systematic inspection of six or eight of the leading German &
French clinics & return to London about July 1st.
We follow your progress with great interest and all rejoice that you are having such a good holiday.