Letter from William Osler to Harvey Cushing [Transcript]
Osler comments on Cushing's plan to go to Boston. He hopes to catch up with Cushing in Germany. He is struggling through
a revision of his text book, and could use Cushing's help on the internal secretion section.
[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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1912-03-07 (March 7, 1912)
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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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
7th March, 1912.
From the Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford.
Dear Harvey C.
That is indeed an attractive proposition--but everything turns upon how far you are pledged to Boston, and that is a point
which you and Lowell would have to settle. If you have definitely accepted the position I do not see very well how you could
get out of it. I have rather a feeling that there is a fine career for you in New England. I am quite sure they need you;
at the same time, there would be, as you say, a great many administrative and other side-tracking duties.
I really must try to arrange for a glimpse of you all in Germany, but in any case you will be coming back through England?
I may be able to pick you up somewhere on the road early in July.
I'm having a deuce of the time trying to revise my Text-book. I wish I had you at my elbow on these internal secretion
problems! I have been struggling through Biedl this week. I shall be most interested to hear how your transplantation case
succeeded. Where did you put it? Did you stitch it onto the velum interpositum, or did you split the septum lucidum?
I hope to be off for Italy early in April. Love to Kate in the darlings.