Letter from J. George Adami to William Osler [Transcript]
Adami writes regarding developments in the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. He includes his own analysis into the Committee
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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)
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.
Cecil Chambers, 86 Strand, London, W. C.
My dear Sir William,
The indications today are that Sir Sam is becoming increasingly alarmed and that he is coming to reason. Last week--Bruce
having shown him your letter and Sir W. Paterson having warned him that the C.A.M.C. would not stand his Board and its Chairman--he
was raving--said that he would have no d--d Sir Wm. Osler's intermeddling, that he would get after the Principal of McGill,
and that he would show Colonel Adami that if it was a matter of resignation he would facilitate it: would have him before
him that very afternoon.
But he did not--and the days have passed and I have not been telephoned for. Meantime more and more people have taken up the
matter and today I hear that he received the General in a sucking dove manner.
The question is whether we should proceed further and demand the deletion of the Committee of Enquiry. You know how it is
packed. On the next page I give you an analysis. I wonder if I am right in my psychology, namely that constitutionally a bully
is a coward.
You speak in yours of a letter from me. Did I write to you? Do not think so. I spoke to you, if you remember at lunch at Simpsons.