Letter from William Osler to H. A. Lafleur [Transcript]
Osler explains that although the birth of his son went smoothly, he died in the hospital within a week. He reports on developments
in the planning for the Medical School at the Johns Hopkins. He is almost certain they have secured Mall to teach Anatomy.
He and Mrs. Osler will go to Toronto for Easter.
[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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1893-02-18 (February 18, 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, Feb. 18th, 1893.
Dear Lefleur: -
Thanks for Peter Ibbetson, which I shall certainly read on your recommendation. I had intended to write to you last evening,
to tell you about my domestic troubles. Mrs. Osler was confined a week ago last Monday, and fortunately has done very well,
but the small boy died at the end of the week, very much to our sorrow. He seemed all right for five or six days and then
developed a sudden coma. The birth was an exceedingly easy one, he was a little asphyxiated, and I suppose there was a slight
meningeal hemorrhage, and subsequent clotting in the veins or sinuses.
Everything goes very smoothly at the hospital. We hope to arrange to open our medical school in October. There has been a
slight hitch about the terms of admission, but they have all been settled. We hope to be able to secure Mall in Anatomy.
We should go to Toronto at Easter, and very probably go round to Boston by way of Montreal. Please do not forget that you
promise to spend a week here sometime in the spring. Your room will be ready at any time.