Letter from William Osler to H. A. Lafleur [Transcript]
Osler writes of a medical case he is following. He invites Ogden to stay with him when the Association of American Physicians
meets in Baltimore. He writes of Dr. Ross' death.
[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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1893-01-12 (January 12, 1893)
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. Lafleur)
Dr. William Osler.
No. 1 West Franklin Street
Baltimore, Jan. 12th, 1893.
Dear L.: -
Very glad indeed to have your last note. I have, of course, heard all sorts of rumors about Montreal, but I am too comfortable
here to think of any change, and I hope to fill out my twenty years, then crawl back to Montreal or Toronto to worry the boys
for a few years. I daresay you would reserve me a chair at your fireside, and we could have many smokes and chats.
We are good deal excited of course about the organization of the school. Miss Garrett has given the $300,000 necessary to
complete the half million endowment. We have the cheers of anatomy and pharmacology to fill, and shall need someone in physiological
chemistry. We hope to be able to secure Mall in anatomy. The restrictions placed by Miss Garrett as to the preliminary education
necessary will limit the number of our students very materially. The matriculation examination of the University is in itself
very stiff, and either the preliminary medical course in Arts, or its equivalent must be passed before admission to the Medical
School. Welch put it very happily the other day when he said to me that it was lucky we got in as professors; we never would
have been able to go in as students.
And busy with the subjects of tuberculosis of the serous membranes, and finishing some work on chorea. The words are very
interesting, the usual number of cases of arteriosclerosis, a good many interesting cases of malaria, and an unusual number
of typhoids, I am sorry I did not get reprints of my lecture on the bath treatment. I daresay you sought in the Medical News.
Our results for the first century cases were really very good.
You must arrange in the spring to pay us a good long visit. Let me know, too, when you think I should write to the members
of the Victoria Hospital Board. You should certainly make a strong push to go in there on the staff. Councilman was here for
two weeks and Ghriskey for a week, so that the boys are rather demoralized.
I enclose a little slip which will please hand to one of the House Surgeons at the M. G. H. I want very much to find the address
of the Farr family of progressive muscular atrophy, which I reported many years ago.
P.S. Do you think Shepherd would come here in anatomy? There would be of course no Hospital appointment. He combines surgical
& scientific anatomy so well. Mall is the choice of Welch etc. but he has a comfortable berth in Chicago and I doubt if
he can come.