Letter from William Osler to H. A. Lafleur [Transcript]
Mr. and Mrs. William Osler are settling in at Baltimore. Osler offers LaFleur help to secure positions at either the Royal
Victoria or Montreal General Hospital. Osler is working on two monographs, one on tuberculosis and the other on chorea.
[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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1892-11-11 (November 11, 1892)
Lafleur, H. A.
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
(W. O. to H. A. Lefleur)
1 West Franklin St., Baltimore
Friday, Nov. 11th, 1892.
I was very glad to have your letter today. Howard, MacDonnell & Ross - all gone since I left. Poor Ross! My thoughts have
been much with him. Had we been in any way settled I should have gone up this night last week but we are camping still in
two rooms and I did not care to leave madam (who has by the way a young Professor under contract) in all the wrack and ruin
of painters plasterers & paper hangers. Had Ross not had some leven of the modern spirit I should not have been appointed
in '74 when the ice was once broken between us he was a warm friend and grew year-by-year in my affections.
Now about yourself. What are your prospects for the chair and for the wards either at the R. V. or the M. G. H.? I suppose
at the latter one of the O.D. Staff will go in but at the former your chances should be first-class. I will write personal
notes to all the trustees and any others who may in your opinion be able to help. The Minnesota appointment would not be open
until next Oct. but would be a good thing to fall back upon in case things do not go as we wish at home. There would be many
things to try you but the school will be progressive and when they get a Hospital on the Campus the field would be good. I
hope of course that all may be arranged to your satisfaction in Montreal.
I am hard at work on two monographs for the next six months task - Tuberculosis of the serous membranes and chorea. I often
wish you were back again - the material grows more interesting every year. Hoch goes about Xmas. Billings and Ramsay are new
men - both good fellows. I hope you will be able to come for a couple of weeks in the spring. There will be a room here for
you & we might go off to Old Point for a few days or two Phila. Is your friend Martin still in Montreal? I want to send
him a copy of my Aquanimitas address. You will have read or skimmed by this time my "Teacher & student" platitudes.