Letter from William Osler to Francis J. Shepherd [Transcript]
Osler writes to inform Shepherd that at the recent meeting of the Faculty of Medicine of McGill, Shepherd was appointed Demonstrator
of Anatomy. Osler recommends some courses in London and Vienna that Shepherd should attend before his appointment in August.
He suggests that Shepherd take a course on the Microscope with Klein at the Brown Institute. Dr. Campbell has resigned as
the chair of Surgery at McGill, but remains as Dean of the Faculty. Fenwick has succeeded Campbell, and Roddick has been
appointed to Chemical Surgery.
[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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1875-04-06 (April 6, 1875)
Shepherd, Francis J.
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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Medical Education and Early Career, McGill University, 1870-1884
(To Dr. F. J. Shepherd)
April 6th 1875.
My dear Shepherd
I am delighted to be able to inform you that at a meeting of the Faculty last evening you are appointed Demonstrator of Anatomy,
& allow me to offer you my sincere congratulations on the occasion. An official letter from Craik will either accompany
or follow this, and containing also a recommendation to take advantage of the remaining time at your disposal to work up as
far as possible the subject in its practical bearing, injecting &c. I should think any of the Demonstrators at Wien would
be only too glad for a "consideration" to put you up to all the latest methods and old Hyrtl's Museum would be
worth going over carefully. Could you not send Fenwick a paper - or letter - on "Anatomy of Vienna". It would take
well if you did. You are very lucky in having had warning & time to prepare, & not taken short as I was. They seem
to think if you get out by the middle of August it would be time enough, so that you could have the Summer session at some
school. Life school I called your house this morning to tell the news, but only found your sisters at home, & they as
you may suppose were very glad to hear it. It seems to give very general satisfaction to all and no doubt it will be to you
for of course is only a stepping stone to other appointments. Am going to pickle some brains for my own use the Summer &
will try to get some for you also.
It would come useful if you had a course on the Microscope as well & if you returned to London by the end of June, Klein
of the Brown Institution is the man to go to, but I dare say one of Brucke's assistants in Vienna has good courses always
in progress. Have you seen Hyrtl's "Handbuch der praktischen Zergliederungs Kunst"? Dr. Campbell has resigned
the chair of Surgery remains as Dean of the Faculty. Fenwick succeeds him and Roddick gets Chemical Surgery. The Dean still
retains active connection with the school and will preside at meetings &c. He goes home to Europe for next winter. Browne
has taken Ross's house (Craiks old one) & should do well at the corner. I do not know where to go; rooms are so difficult