Letter from William Osler to H. V. Ogden [Transcript]
He urges Ogden to form medical, surgical and gynecological sections. He provides Ogden with information on how to open a
medical library and tells him to consult C. P. Fisher on such matters.
[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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1890-11-17 (November 17, 1890)
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)
219, West Monument St., Baltimore.
Nov. 17th, 1890.
If you can have members enough to form medical, surgical and gynecological sections it would be, I should think, worth while,
just as they have at the N.Y. Academy of Medicine. The Coll. of Phy., Phila. has no such sections. The Academy of Medicine
in Dublin has been very successful since they merged all the societies into it.
At the Coll. of Phy. we paid $15.00 a year. The library was supported from the invested funds and from the Nurses Directory
which is been very profitable. Write to C. P. Fisher the Librarian, using my name and he will send you all the details.
With $2000 a year, I should think you could rent a very nice set of rooms, have a librarian for certain number of hours a
day and form the nucleus of the first-class medical library.