In this letter, Osler passed along some family news, and also commented on Abraham Flexner's report on U.S. medical schools
and its recommendation that Johns Hopkins require all professors to serve full-time, with no outside practice, to receive
a large endowment from the Rockefeller Foundation.
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1911-08-31 (August 31, 1911)
[Jacobs, Henry Barton]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
Bryn-Dulos, Llanddules, N. Wales
I hope by this time Mrs. Jacobs is quite herself again. Newport will set her up quickly. It is too bad she should have had
such a miserable summer. We are delighted with N. Wales. This is a peaceful valley charming views - air like Bar Harbor. The
fishing isn't good as all the rivers are so low. We had two splendid days at Lake Ogwin with Ronald Ross. Grace has told
you of the excitement here -- or perhaps I did in my last. That desolator Ottilie just paralyzed Campbell Howard. They are
to be married at Xmas. We are delighted naturally -- devoted to both of them.
I have been struggling with the problem of whole time clinical professors. Remsen sent me Flexner's Report & I am
sending R. an open letter on the subject which will go to the trustees & the Faculty. I am not surprised that many of
the younger men feel badly about F's report. It is very unfair to their work & I have pitched into him about this
aspect. I hope they will take the money & apply it to reduction in the no. of the students and the rearranging of the
laboratories. It is an old story -- clinical versus laboratory. I hope the happy mean may be maintained, but I feel strongly
that what is needed is a strong clinical school. You will see my letter in a couple weeks.
Love to Mrs. Jacobs.
[Handwritten note: Hadby has asked me to give the Silliman lecture at Yale next year (Oct.) on the Evolution of Modern Medicine.
I think I shall accept -- attractive subject. Say nothing about it till settled.