Letter from Margaret MacDonald to William Osler [Transcript]
MacDonald informs Osler that Edith Campbell had not been asked to resign. However, she regrets that a change of staff was
necessary as a result of the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair and that Campbell was removed.
[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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1916-09-04 (September 4, 1916)
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
Margaret Macdonald to W.O.
4th Sept. 1916.
86 Strand, London, W. C.
Dear Sir William,
I think you have misinterpreted the situation as far as Miss Campbell is concerned. She has not been asked to resign. The
whole affair is very regrettable and whilst there is no reflection upon Miss Campbell in this connection is considered advisable
to have a change staff.
I am extremely sorry for her and quite realize how distressing the circumstances are but she must not take it too much to
heart. In the ordinary course of events she would have been sooner or later transferred to another unit. In the Army nothing
is permanent but change! With warm regards to Lady Osler and yourself.