Letter from William Osler to H. V. Ogden [Transcript]
Osler offers Ogden the position of Chief of the Medical Dispensary at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
[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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1892-11-08 (November 8, 1892)
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, North Broadway,
Baltimore, Nov. 8th, 1892.
Dear O: -
You may remember I wrote you some time ago, asking whether you had any thought of ever leaving your present place, and saying
how glad I should be if you could pitch your tent with us. It has just occurred to me that you might like to know the following
circumstances. I have always had, in addition to the first assistant and the four or five juniors, a special assistant, whose
work has been largely in the Medical Dispensary in differentiating and supervising the cases between the hours of ten and
one daily. You may remember that Thayer came to me to do this work three years ago, and a very good man, Barker, has been
doing it for the past two years. It is not a paid position, but the man has his quarters in the hospital. Now I have been
on the lookout for a long time for some one who might settle in the town at about three hours a day to the Medical Dispensary,
acting as its chief, just as Finney acts as chief of the Dispensary on the Surgical side. The man who would take it now, however,
while he stayed in the hospital would have to do the bacteriological work on the medical side, which is, however, not very
much, and the technique of which could be easily acquired. It is just occurred to me that such a berth (chief of the Med.
Dispen) would ultimately be a very pleasant one for you, and if you spent six or nine months in the hospital you could in
that way get to know the town, and the men, and could make a more satisfactory start. Of course you know the hospital well
enough, and the sort of men we have about here. As I wrote you before the town is a God-forsaken place but full of very nice
people. We could get along without having this place filled until January.
Very sincerely yours,
P. S. Of course the only advantage in your coming into the house for 9 mos. would be that you could learn the ways &c
without any expense & at the end of the time could start practice under more favorable circumstances.