In this letter, Osler told his friend about a Storer medal, and commented on the transition to full-time medical professorships
at Johns Hopkins. The Rockefeller Foundation had given Johns Hopkins School of Medicine a 1.5 million dollar grant to follow
this and other recommendations made by Abraham Flexner when he evaluated the medical school in 1911. Osler and others advised
against the plan, as he indicated here. His post-script referred to an illuminated manuscript of the Canon of Avicenna given
to him by his friend Dr. M. Sa'eed.
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1913-12-01 (December 1, 1913)
[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
13, Norham Gardens, Oxford
1, Dec. 1913
Just got the Storer medal which is splendid. One of the best pieces of work I have seen; the likeness is so good. The old
man must be greatly pleased. I'm trying to get you a copy of the big medal of the Congress, but it is not very easy.
What a time you must be having in Baltimore! It is a splendid gift and will be most helpful, but I do not see how either Thayer
or Barker can take up a whole time professorship. In any case the plan will not last more than a generation, I am sure! The
Universities will not be content with second class men and you are not going to get the very best men as teachers to seclude
themselves in this way. - bad for them and bad for the students. Still, an experiment is always worth trying, only I wish
it was not at the Hopkins, and, any way, it is a problem for the young men, only I am deuced glad it did not come in my day.
Love to Mrs. Jacobs,
[Handwritten postscript]: We have had a "tearing term" so much to do -- so many people. All sorts of book -- treasures
coming in -- a superb 1190 ms of Avicenna, a gift from Persia.