Letter of introduction for Osler. Howard writes of Osler's eighteen months as a student at the Montreal General Hospital,
where he studied morbid anatomy and performed post-mortem examinations.
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
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. Many of the original documents
were returned to the owners. The originals that were retained, together with 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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1872-04-01 (April 1, 1872)
Howard, R. P.
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
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Medical Education and Early Career, McGill University, 1870-1884
Montreal 1st April 1872
Mr. William Osler during the eighteen months that he was a student at the Montreal General Hospital had unusual opportunities
of studying morbid anatomy, of which he availed himself most assiduously. He performed a large number of postmortem examinations
and [ . . . ] a large number of morbid specimens
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[ . . . ] and these with the reports of the [ . . . ] examination were deemed worthy of a special prize which was accordingly
conferred by the medical faculty of the University of McGill College.
R. P. Howard, M.D.
Professor Theory of [ . . . ] of Medicine McGill College