Letter from William Osler to J. George Adami [Transcript]
Osler refers to a specimen at the McGill museum that could provide insight into a current case he is handling.
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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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1896-12-12 (December 12, 1896)
Adami, J. George
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 George Adami.
Dec. 12th, 1896.
1 West Franklin Street
There is in the McGill Museum a very remarkable specimen of the colitis cystica polyposa, to which I am afraid there is attached
no particular history. I thought that I had given an account of it at the Medical and Chirurgical Society, but I have failed
to find it, it was not entered among my postmortem records. It was taken from a man aged about forty, a patient of Dr. Geo.
Ross, who had for eighteen months suffered very severely with symptoms of dysentery -- diarrhea, mucous stools, and sometimes,
I think, blood. The clinical feature, however, of the greatest prominence was the persistent pain. The condition is exceedingly
rare, and my attention has been called to it again by case in my wards at present, with dysenteric symptoms, and per rectum
numerous polypi can be felt. There are also in the stools very remarkable looking bodies about two or three times the size
of the leukocyte, colloidal in appearance, but evidently contained within cells, some of them resembling closely 'signet'
fal cells. They are probably peculiarly degenerated cells of Lieberkuhn's follicles. Could you get anybody to take a photograph
of the colon? If there is anybody who does that sort of work well you could just get him to come up some day, and send me
the memorandum of the cost.
Please give my love to 'Little Mary Cantlie'.
What a very nice paper that is by Martin and Hamilton. I am very much interested in the subject of purpura and allied states.
We have been working with Wright's coagulation tubes lately, and treating some cases with the calcium chloride.