Letter from William Osler to Robert Borden [Transcript]
Osler expresses his opinion that the Hospital Commission's inquiry into General G. C. Jones's department was poorly
handled. As a consultant to several of the Canadian Army Hospitals, Osler is interested in the welfare of the corps.
[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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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
W. O. to Prime Minister.
Dear Sir Robert Borden,
I cabled today asking you to withhold action until full report by Jones has been received. A great deal of feeling has been
aroused in the C.R.A.M.C. by the manner of appointment of the Hospital Commission. I understand that General Jones, the official
head was not consulted as to the advisability of the inquiry or as to the personnel of the Committee. I could not get from
the minister a specified answer on these points; but in any case to appoint juniors from a man's own department is contrary
to all usage. On receipt of this please cable me, just yes or no, whether the Minister consulted Gen. Jones on the two points.
I am sorry to interfere in this way, but I am an active consultant at several of the Canadian Hospitals and deeply interested
in the welfare of the corps.
Questions of principle are involved which may have to be brought before the medical profession of the Dominion and the public.