Stewart Paton (1865-1942) was a Johns Hopkins-affiliated psychiatrist and director of the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital
for Mental Patients. He became a leader in the mental hygiene and eugenic movements of the early twentieth century, and helped
secure funding for the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In this note, Osler thanked Paton
for the copy of his "Textbook of Psychiatry for the Use of Students and Practitioners of Medicine," which soon became
a standard text in the field. Although Paton helped with the establishment of the Phipps Institute, he left Baltimore in
1904 to do research, then was at Princeton for 17 years and Yale for 2 years before returning to Johns Hopkins in 1928.
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1905-07-05 (July 5, 1905)
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Stewart Paton Collection
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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
July 5th. 1905.
A thousand thanks for your book, which came the other day, and with which I am greatly delighted. I think the arrangement
is admirable, and you have managed to compress within a comparatively small space a most astonishing amount of good material.
I have only carefully read the introduction on scope and methods and the nature of alienation. You have put the problem forcibly
and clear. I am sure the book will be a great success.
And now take a message, please, to Mrs. Paton, who is, I know, the important member of the firm and able to boss and control
you in every way. Ask her, please, not to allow you to get the European habit, but to take you back to establish a first class
psychiatric clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.