In this letter, Osler told Barker (unofficially) that he had been chosen to succeed Osler as Professor of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief
at Johns Hopkins. He also expressed his concern that Dr. William S. Thayer, his assistant and closest protégé at
Hopkins, had been passed over for the job, and asked Barker to help make him comfortable.
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1905-03-04 (March 4, 1905)
[Barker, Lewellys F.]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Lewellys Barker Collection
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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
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The faculty seems to be unanimous in favor of you as my successor. You may have heard something from Welch on this, as I was
not at the meeting and only heard last eve. of the action. Naturally I was placed in a most
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awkward position. Thayer has done so much 1st class work & is such a good fellow that it seemed cruel to pass him by but
the general feeling was not towards him in the faculty as on the Hospital board and while I might have perhaps forced it,
had I felt more strongly, everything came round & a choice between you & Dock I suppose the governors will act shortly.
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important thing will be to make Thayer comfortable, and you can help in this. He has behaved splendidly & we must do everything
possible for him. This is only a preliminary note - there will be hosts of things to confer about when Tim & Mr. B. &
Johnny H. I am taking Plato's advice & sitting under a wall until the storm is over. Meanwhile you have only a few