Letter from H. A. Bruce to William Osler [Transcript]
Bruce writes of Osler's resignation as the consultant to the Canadian Army Hospitals, which was published in the British
Medical Journal. Bruce requests that all the telegrams that passed between himself and Osler in reference to his confidential
report be published in the same journal. He asks if Osler has any objection to this being done.
[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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1916-12-09 (December 9, 1916)
Bruce, H. A.
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
Col. H. A. Bruce to W. O.
December 9, 1916.
Cecil Chambers, 86 Strand, London, W. C.
Dear Sir William,
In view of the fact that the British Medical Journal, in the issue of November 25th of this year, in an article headed "Canadian
Army Medical Services", published a telegram sent by you to the Canadian newspapers in reference to your resignation as
Consultant to the Canadian Hospitals in England, in which article references made to my confidential Report as Inspector-General,
in which the author of the article has seen fit to suggest what the tenor of the Report of the Board of Inquiry, now sitting
to consider my report, will be, I think it only right that all the telegrams and letters which passed between us in reference
to my Report and the Board of Inquiry should be published in full in the same journal.
Before doing this I write to know whether you have any objections to this being done, and if you have, would you mind giving
me your reasons for your objections.
I might add that I could hardly realize that you can raise any objections to the publication of these letters and telegrams
under the circumstances of the case.