Letter from Alfred Keogh to William Osler [Transcript]
Keogh believes that the Minister of Militia's decision to have junior officers report on a senior officer, as was done
with Gen. G .C. Jones, is contrary to law and custom in the British army.
[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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1916-09-06 (September 6, 1916)
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
Alfred Keogh to W.O.
6 Sep. 1916.
My dear Osler,
The procedure you mention is contrary to law and custom in the British Army. Needless to say it is contrary to every sentiment
which upright men possess. If the Minister is distrustful of his Senior Officers he should have asked Senior Officers to report
Need I point out that no such procedure would be adopted except in the case of members of the Medical profession?