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. Barker, who succeeded Osler as Chair of Medicine, refused to do
this 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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1914-01-30 (January 30, 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
I am very sorry to hear that the conditions have been made impossible for you. The letter which you have written does credit
to your heart and head -- more to the former. Certainly you have been hardly treated from the standpoint of
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ordinary academic courtesy. After a man has held a chair for 8 years with great distinction to change the conditions of tenure
so as to make it impossible is in my opinion unjustifiable. I hope Thayer will accept as it will be simply swapping slots
& make no essential difference to either of you. He is a triumph & it is one of the greatest among my many personal
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satisfactions that you & he have got on so well together. I am much worried & just a little disgusted with the whole
business. It may work out better than we anticipate -- I hope so. Love to Mrs. Barker & Hannah. To Mr. John H. under the
5th rib for me.