Letter from J. George Adami to William Osler [Transcript]
Adami reproaches Osler for sending Bruce a confrontational letter regarding the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. Osler's
letter has reached the Minister of Militia, who is now raging mad. Adami worries that this crisis may lead to his own resignation.
However, he believes that Bruce's Commission was a "wretched piece of work" and a discredit to the Canadian Expeditionary
[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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1916-08-30 (August 30, 1916)
Adami, J. George
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
J. George Adami to W. O.
30th August 1916.
Office of Director of Medical Services, 86 Strand, London, W. C.
My dear Sir William,
I return herewith Bruce's letter. I do not know whether I am sorry or not that you have approached him in this matter,
because I already have information that he has shown your letter to the Minister, and that Minister is raging mad, and I may
be called for at any moment by him. It would bring affairs to a crisis, and very possibly lead to my resignation. If it does
this, it will give me an opportunity to oppose publicly what in my heart I believe to be a wretched piece of work, utterly
discreditable to the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
J. G. Adami.
P. S. I have ventured to make a copy of this letter. Do you approve, or shall I forward it for you to destroy?