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The William Osler Papers

Letter from William Osler to Stewart Paton pdf (27,039 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from William Osler to Stewart Paton
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)
Osler, William
[Paton, Stewart]
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
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July 5th. 1905.
Dear Paton:-
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.
With kind regards,
Sincerely yours,
W Osler
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