Letter from William Osler to A. R. Neligan [Transcript]
Arrangements for the restoration of the Tomb of Avicenna at Hamadan.
[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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1914-05-18 (May 18, 1914)
[Neligan, A. R.]
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
Thanks for your letter of the 6th.
(1) I should prefer very much to see the work done by the profession. I have had a very enthusiastic letter from Paris with
the Society for the History of Medicine will actively cooperate. On the 27th I bring the matter formally before our Section
of the Royal Society of Medicine, and we shall then approach the Presidents of the Royal Colleges, the President of the Academy
of Medicine in Paris, and the President of the Society for the Study of the History of Medicine in Paris.
(2) The permanent subcommittee you mention would be admirable and the money could go into the Imperial Bank of Persia at Hamardan.
Shall you be in England this summer?
(3) I will send you a draft of the appeal, with the names of the committee in this country and in France. Do you not think
it might be in Arabic, Persian, English and French? Brown could put it into Persian for us. The photograph of the tomb might
go on the top.
(4) Sir George Birdwood suggests that formal application should be made through the foreign office, but I told him of your
interest and that you could arrange matters in Persia with the Regent. He expressed a fear lest the natives should resent
the interference by the Infidels with the two of one of the great prophets. What do you think? It is certainly very important
that we should have the official sanction of the Government.
May 18, 1914.
P.S. I agree with you that our appeal should be for at least 600 pounds.