Letter from J. M. Elder to William Osler [Transcript]
Elder writes of the Commission, which looked into H. A. Bruce's poor handling of the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair.
General G. C. Jones has returned to his post as Director of Medical Services.
[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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1917-01-15 (January 15, 1917)
Elder, J. M.
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
Letter from J. M. Elder to W. O.
No. 3, Canadian General Hospital, B.E.F. France.
15. 1. 17.
My dear Sir William,
Many thanks for your congratulatory note, which only reached me here today. I left London as soon as we had signed our report,
as we were shorthanded here, and Birkett needed my services. Am deeply indebted to you for your very kind invitation to Oxford,
and trust that at some more favorable time, I may have that pleasure. While the work of the Commission was a bit tiresome
at times, yet we had a very unanimous Board, and Sir W. Baptie was a perfect "trump" as Chairman. I don't think
a better or more judicial man could have been chosen for the position. He managed us all beautifully and had wonderful tact
with the witnesses, who were often unwilling to tell the truth about things. C Jones is signing Corps Orders again as D.M.S.,
so I presume he is back at his old post, but I have really heard nothing about the matter beyond what appeared in the "Times"
in the B.M.J. (a good report), since I came back here.
May I wish you and Lady Osler a good new year? and let us trust that it may end this horrible war, which is such a source
of personal anxiety to us all.