Letter from J. George Adami to William Osler [Transcript]
Adami has advised the Director of Medical Services, Gen. G. C. Jones, about Osler's letter regarding the Canadian Army
Medical Corps affair. Adami is at odds over how to proceed in the matter.
[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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1916-09-07 (September 7, 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.
7. ix. 16.
Cecil Chambers, 86 Strand, W. C.
My dear Sir William,
I have advised the D. M. S. regarding your letter--and possibly by now you have heard from him begging that you will suspend
For myself I cannot see eye to eye with him in this matter. Of course I see his point of view. He's a permanent official
of the Govt., accustomed to follow the behests of the Minister and to experience the feeling in the back of his neck that
the sort of Damocles is overhanging. And if the minister turns him out he's a ruined man with nothing to turn to.
But granted that--as he expects--nothing comes of this Committee--that in no wise lessens the insult of the same to all right-minded
men. Personally I do not want to shake the Government or to do anything which would demonstrate disunion in our ranks at the
present moment--but there are limits, and for the sake of our profession I cannot see that we also should take it weekly in