Letter from Alfred Keogh to William Osler [Transcript]
Keogh writes of matters relating to the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair.
[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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1916-10-16 (October 16, 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
A. Keogh to W. O.
16 Oct. 1916.
My dear Osler,
Your letter is the first intimation of the recall of Jones which I have had. Bruce must be a thick-skinned person. The fact
that he had reported badly on Jones should have prevented his stepping into his shoes. Why do medical men hang onto the coat-tails
of the laity? Are not the days of "patrons" for literary and scientific men yet over?
You'd be surprised if he saw the number of letters, passed it to me, written by medical man impressing perfectly obvious
things upon the former. As if they were new discoveries, and yet learned from conversations with my staff or on our Committees.
These things make me despair.