Letter from William Osler to H. A. Bruce [Transcript]
Osler writes that he only heard of the Canadian Army Medical Corps squabble after returning from Brodie's funeral. He
did think it unfair that men who were under General G. C. Jones would be appointed to report on the work of his department.
He feels that it would disarm the suspicion of many in the medical profession if Bruce were to make the records pertaining
to the Commission public.
[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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30 August 1916?
[Bruce, H. A.]
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
W. O. to Col. Bruce.
30th August 1916 (?)
13 Norham Gardens.
Do come when you can - I shall be at home after next week. I heard nothing of the matter until returning from Brodie's
funeral when some men discussed it in a way that made me feel I should write at once to you. The criticism seems just - that
to appoint men who are under Jones to report on the work of his department is unfair. Was he consulted as to the personnel
of the Committee? It will disarm suspicion if the reference of the Commission etc. is published (with a frank statement such
as you make) and the reasons for its appointment. Was Jones consulted at all in the matter? I am not a special friend of his,
but if this Commission was appointed without his knowledge or without consultation with him the profession should know and
have a chance of expressing their opinion. Let us have all the cards on the table - and no politics in this big job in which
our country is doing so nobly.