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The William Osler Papers

Title:
Letter from William Osler to Lewellys F. Barker pdf (364,192 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from William Osler to Lewellys F. Barker
Description:
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.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
3 (364,192 Bytes)
Date:
1905-03-04 (March 4, 1905)
Creator:
Osler, William
Recipient:
[Barker, Lewellys F.]
Source:
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Lewellys Barker Collection
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Medical Staff
Exhibit Category:
"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
Unique Identifier:
GFBBZF
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
III 4 05
Dear Barker
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. The
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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 years left!
Yours
Wm. Osler
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