In this letter, Kelly and Osler further discuss the proposed full-time clinical faculty debate at the Johns Hopkins School
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1911-05-03 (May 3, 1911)
Kelly, Howard A.
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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
3 May 1911
We confabulated last night from 8 - 11 o'c. All were for the change, putting the clinical men on salaries & cutting
off all private, except Meyer's & myself. M's objection to the change was that he was unwilling to yield his liberty,
but he did not expect to do any practice. Finding I stood alone and that and that my minority report was looked upon rather
as an attempt at a personal vindication than any criticism of the real matters at issue. I told them to go ahead & do
whatever they conscientiously felt to be right without any reference to me. I shall be very sorry but it will mean my retirement
wholly into my private work. Williams will also be able to realize the great ambition of his life the control of both
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gyn. & obst. This I think a bad arrangement, but it may work well for a term of years especially under his able management.
I feel sorry most of all for Cullen who has been such an able coworker & whom I hoped to see follow me. They first started
out all the non-productive men like Finney & Russell etc. now they have changed their plans & propose to keep them.
Dr. Hurd is very angry with the clinical men because of the large fees they sometimes get & brought up again my charge
to Alex Brown of some 15 yrs ago when I went daily to his house in the country for a long time. Well, I shall leave I believe
without any enemies & be happy in my new lot however it falls. Twenty two years is a good while & yet it seems like
a watch in the night.