Letter from William Osler to George Birdwood [Transcript]
Osler writes of his plan to restore the Tomb of Avicenna at Hamadan. He was informed by Kipling that Birdwood would be able
to put him in touch with members of the Muslim community in India who would be interested in the project.
[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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1914-05-04 (May 4, 1914)
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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Osler, Medical History, and Medical Libraries
Dear Sir George,
There is movement on foot to restore the tomb of Avicenna at Hamardan in Persia. A mutual friend Kipling tells me that you,
better than anyone else, would be able to put me in touch with the Muhammedans in India who would be interested in this project.
We should be so glad for any suggestions from you.