McWilliams compliments Barker on his review of "Life of Sir William Osler." In reading the biography, McWilliams was overcome with admiration for both Cushing and Osler.
Osler asks Barker to contribute an introductory section on the Nervous System for the new Systems of Medicine he is editing for Lea Bros. Osler is also working on a new edition of his own text-book.
Osler thanks Barker for some notes on the diseases of the nervous system.
Osler congratulates Barker for his new job at Johns Hopkins. He comments favourably about the team composed of Thayer, Futcher, McCrae, Cole, Emerson, Howard, and Boggs. He comments on the work that he could expect to do at Johns Hopkins.
Osler asks Barker to spend a week or more before he leaves to set up the work for the men next year. Osler recommends his secretary, Miss Humpton. He suggests that maybe Paton and Barker can share her services.
Osler writes of a little club at Johns Hopkins that will be helpful. He will not be able to see Barker this week, having his portrait painted for the University of Pennsylvania. Emerson or Hurd will take care of Barker. Request to stay longer so that they would be able to go over everything.
Postcard sent at the time of the chloroform remark. Osler alludes to Platon, waiting for the storm to pass.
Civilities. Osler discusses Barker's health problem related to a surcharge of uric acid.
Osler welcomes Barker to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Advice for his new position. Announcement of his visit in January. Wishes to look over the typhoid material. Favourable comments on Thayer, Cole, Boggs, Howard, and Emerson. Civilities.
Osler thanks Barker for the letter from Wilson. He advises Barker not to worry about what Joe Price says, because he is a detractor of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Osler mentions his promise to Hurd to stop at the Hospital during January. Civilities.
Osler thanks Barker for his month spent at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is glad to have good accounts on his new job. Kind word about Cole and Boggs. Civilities. Suggests he shows practical cases at the local societies, because they need his stimulation.
Osler expresses compassion for Barker's health. He had heard of his sickness from Thayer and Cushing. He mentions his trip to Munich for the Congress of the Innere Medezin, where he hopes to get some inspiration. Civilities.
Civilities. Lady Osler has just learnt that her mother and sister plan a one month visit to Oxford. Osler has just recovered from his hectic visit to the U.S. over Christmas. She compliments Sargent's portrait of Osler, Welch, Kelly, and Halsted. The Oslers have bought a house.
Osler is glad that he gave a talk at Toronto on Hospital organization, a topic that many neglected. He says that he had enthusiastic reports from the meeting from the Englishmen. He mentions that they are back from Scotland and that they are going to Aberdeen. He is struggling with the Harveian Oration, an awful task. Osler comments favourably on Emerson's book. They will sail about the first of December. Civilities.
Osler gives encouragement to Barker who will have his tonsils removed. He is working on the distribution of their subjects for their symposium. He will write to Krehl to know his answer about his subject. Barker, Stengel and Cabot can tell him if they would like to change the sub-division. Osler has selected the Evolution of the idea of experiment in the study of nature. Civilities.
Osler is glad that Barker is better. He mentions that there is an extraordinary frequency of tonsilar enlargements in the children in England and Osler believes that the great prevalence of acute rheumatism is connected with this. He is glad that Norton is taking Hurd's place. While he will be in Baltimore he will stay with the Jacobs. He will come to the Hospital. Osler mentions that Emerson's book is taking well; the Harveian went off well too although he wanted to touched the law of anticipation and the law of residuals.
Krehl will succeed to Erb at Heidelberg and will not be able to come to America (for the symposium). They will do their best without him. Osler mentions that he and his family are sailing in two weeks and will be in Baltimore on the Friday after arriving. Howell will have the Marburg collection presented on the Saturday evening. Civilities.
Osler is glad that Barker is better. He gives details on his itinerary. Informs Barker that in Oxford, they will put the Anatomical and Pathological departments on a sound financial basis, and that they need a new Professor of Pathology. Proposal to Baker and Thayer to become joint auth ors with him of the next text-book. Details on the copyright. Osler asks Barker to report the case of Mr. High, who was hemophiliac in the Bulletin. He has good photographs from Emerson.
Osler thanks Barker for his invitation to stay with him but he is promised to the Cushings. It will be a short visit. He must be back May 20th to look after the successor of Richie, the Professor of Pathology. Civilities.
Osler is sorry that he had to cut his section but the publishers will not exceed the limits. Laury Brown was desperate about it. Osler will look out for Barker early in August. He is only leaving the 12th or the 13th. Indications on how to get to Oxford. He mentions that he has asked Boggs to pick out some facts on the aneurysm cases. Osler has the analysis up to 1905 and is asking him his permission to up date them. Statistics on syphilis cases. Message to Miss Humpton to forward. News from the family.
Osler offers congratulations on the Congress Prize won by the Phipps Dispensary. Has sent Harriman and Phipps congratulations. Enjoys his life in Paris. Clinics are interesting. Greetings to Margaret Taylor, his family, and Miss Humpton.
Osler thanks Barker for his suggestions for the text-book arrangements. Wishes to rearrange and almost rewrite the next edition, with McCrae's help in certain sections. Sent a memorandum to Hurd on the question of Hospital statistics. Asks him to get Welch to read it. Remarks on the mistakes Miss Humpton and he would have avoided if there been an iatro-mathematical physician at the Hospital. Phipps is doing the right thing with his Philadelphia Institution. Thinks that he will ask Welch to join him in business in New York. Civilities.
Osler provides Barker with details on his position concerning the 1912 edition of his textbook. Feeling that he is no longer actively working, he wishes to have someone associated with him for the next edition. He wishes to keep it in connection with the Johns Hopkins. Osler offesr details on the publishers. He mentions his attack of renal calculus. He gives geetings to Miss Humpton, and asks Barker to tell her that Revere is off to Winchester. Civilities.
Osler withdraws the offer that he made in January concerning his textbook. The financial details would have been difficult to arrange. He writes that Barker is probably busy with his book on Diagnosis. He gives greetings to Barker's family and Miss Humpton.
Osler received Barker's letter of the 21st from Mrs. Osler. He is surprised at Hurd's resignation; he hopes it is not a health matter. He had written to him. Kind comments about him. Osler is glad Barker liked Thursfield. He was delighted by his trip on the Nile. He continues to be bewildered by the intellectual development of man 6000 years ago. Osler mentions Imhotep, the physician of antiquity. He recommends that Barker read "The Spell of Egypt" of Hichens. Flies are responsible, according to him , for 2/3 of the disease. Mentions the ophthalmia cases, the cases of blindness, the hook-worm disease. He comments on his visit to Looss who has not been given enough resources. The school is good, but not the hospital. Egypt did not have successors to Griesinger or Bilharz. Civilities.
Osler hopes that Barker will get well rapidly. He gives his detailed opinion on the question of the whole time clinical men at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the pros and cons of the matter. Greetings to his family and Miss Humpton. Mentions that he left all his clinical earnings in the USA. Said that he only brought his text-book earnings and the money he got from his house.
Osler hopes to see Barker today. He mentions the open letter that he will send to Remsen on the Whole time clinical professors question. Osler gives his opinion on the Flexner's Report; he thinks that Barker's address will do good. It will put the clinical problem in its proper light. News from Thayer who was with them for a week. He mentions that they needed to rest after the baronetcy racket. It does not change him. Love to Miss Humpton. Informs him that he has fortunately lost his secretary. News of Revere. Announces Campbell Howard's and Ottilie Wright's engagement. He will not come in America this year. Trying to revise the text book. McCrae will help him. Mention of a delightful visit from the Mullers. The latter is opposed to the whole time clinical professor scheme. Civilities.
Osler comments on the situation at Harvard; he hopes that Mall will not go. He is glad that Remsen has resigned. Osler is delighted to hear that the fund for Miss Bonner reached a good sum. He wishes that he was to be at Dublin, but Christian tells him that Thayer is coming. Barker and Muller have been asked to open the arthritis discussion at the Congress in England. Details about their choice and on the subject they have to talk about. Mention of their holiday in Italy and news of Revere. Civilities.
Osler suggests forming an Anglo-American committee to be ready to intervene as soon as the Germans are out of Belgium. Shows his interest in helping with the Library, and will try to get them all the editions of Vesalius. Mentions that he tried to get in touch with Van Gehuchten and Denys, to offer to take charge in Oxford of the families of the Professors. Civilities.
Osler thanks Barker for his donation. Explains that the Rockefeller Foundation has saved the situation for the science professors by offering to pay those working in English Universities a moderate stipend. This arrangement is owed to Welch and Flexner. Denys is the only Belgian professor of medicine, van Gehuchten has gone to Cambridge. Mentions that everything is going smoothly, they are hopeful but aware that it will be long. Details on the cases of anti-typhoid inoculation. One is going to die. Mentions that the bad results are, however, very rare. Thanks for his note about the Vesalius. The photograph is excellent (of the 25th anniversary of the Johns Hopkins Hospital). Hopes his book is progressing. Civilities. Greetings to Johnny Hewetson.