In this letter, Osler responded to Barker's news that the Hopkins medical school had implemented a full-time requirement
for its clinical as well as pre-clinical faculty chairs. He noted that the full-time salary offered was unacceptable, and
that the whole-time arrangement would be bad for everyone. Barker, who succeeded Osler as Chair of Medicine, ultimately refused
to go full-time, and so had to step down. Osler had earlier protested the full-time scheme as a bad idea, and was angry at
the medical school's unfair treatment of his friend.
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1914-01-02 (January 2, 1914)
[Barker, Lewellys F.]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Lewellys Barker Collection
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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
2, Jan. 1914.
Happy New Year to you all!
I do not see how you possibly could accept at the figure mentioned. It seems to me too that there is an ethical question involved
in this, - how far the Trustees or the Faculty have the right to change conditions under which you accepted the professorship;
conditions under which too you became involved in heavy expenditure. There are two sides to this whole-time business for clinical
men. It will not be very pleasant either for the faculty or the trustees to feel that their professors of medicine and surgery
will play second fiddle in the town. I am afraid that it will have the disastrous effect of forcing these men into some sort
of professional isolation as that to which the anatomists and physiologists have retired. That is very marked here.