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Letters sent to Dock, George


Date: 
April 5, 1902
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler writes of a case of Syphilis. He has received Jenner's original pamphlets on vaccination from Hunter McGuire's estate.


Date: 
September 24, 1902
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler is having his Jenner pamphlets all bound together and plans to deposit them in one of the libraries. Osler reports that the meeting of the Canadian Medical Association in Montreal was good and that his "Chauvinistic" address will appear in American Medicine and the Philadelphia Medical Journal.


Date: 
September 25, 1903
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler reports on his summer holidays during which he met with Phipps, of the Philadelphia Phipps Institute for Tuberculosis, who donated money to the Johns Hopkins. Osler returns home with several books for the Medical and Chirurgical Library, the Johns Hopkins Library, and for his private home library. He has been working on an opening address on "The Master Word in Medicine."


Date: 
August 10, 1904
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler writes to inform Dock that he has accepted the Regius Professorship of Medicine at Oxford. Osler was getting tired of doing more work for the public than scientific and clinical work while in Baltimore. He is sad to leave, but he considered the question for months and Mrs. Osler was strongly in favour of the move.


Date: 
November 10, 1904
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler writes of matters relating to the Systems of Medicine volumes he is editing for the Lea Bros. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
October 30, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler explains that he will not send him a copy of his Remsen letter, as he specifically stated that it was a family affair, only for the Faculty. He agrees with the idea of having a few men at Research Institutes, Cole at the Rockefeller for example, but dreads having a class of clinicians growing up out of touch. To have a whole Faculty made up of Halsted's type of men would be a very good thing for science, but a very bad thing for the profession. Announces that he will lecture on "the Evolution of Modern Medicine" at Yale next Autumn. He will try to visit Dock in St. Louis, though it is doubtful he can. Civilities.


Date: 
June 2, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler gives his opinion on the matter of the full time professorship. Warns Dock about the danger of this situation. Mentions that Ewald told him that there is growling in Germany about the ignorance of the younger men of ordinary details. Will touch that matter in his Introductory Lecture at Jefferson. Civilities.


Date: 
October 12, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler will not come to America because of the war. He and Grace are very busy. Mentions that he is knocking about the hospitals and camps. Revere has joined the Officers Training Corps. Details on the success of the recruiting in England. Mentions that they will take time to train, but as long as England holds the seas, there is no hurry. He asks Dock to send a photograph of the hospital and an account of the opening. Civilities.


Date: 
March 15, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Dock had the Beaumont collection, which is more appropriate there than at the Surgeon General's. Asks him for a photograph of St. Martin at 81 (Alexis St. Martin). They are busy medically. Details on the cerebro-spinal fever epidemic, and of his work with the typhoid inoculation. Noted that it is curious that the paratyphoid is prevailing so extensively. He lectured at Chester to the North Wales Medical Society on the soldier's heart. Mentions that there are many cases of the old-fashioned irritable heart of DaCosta, of worry, tobacco, and too much exercise. He had bought the Withering Paper, a manuscript of Perigrination of Andrew Boorde, and an edition of Aristotle. Revere has joined the Canadian Contingent and is assigned to Cliveden Hospital as orderly officer. He will go to France with the McGill Unit. Mentions Revere's interest in books and literature. Sends him a copy of his bookplate. Mentions the 22 Belgian professors and their families living on American money. Things are beginning to look hopeful. Civilities.


Date: 
June 8, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler has no negative of St. Martin (Alexis St. Martin). Thinks that Gray has the negative of the photograph given to Osler by Judge Bauby. Asks Dock to send the reports on the celebration. Glad that he got all the documents relating to Beaumont. News from Oxford. If it was not for the men in khaki and the daily death roll, they would not realize that war was in progress. He is busy and sees a lot of interesting things in the hospitals. Revere went south of Calais with the McGill Unit. Details about his training in Cliveden. Civilities.


Date: 
November 15, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler was glad to receive his annual Budget, as the Royal Commission on Welsh University is deep in the problem of the National Medical School. Haldane makes a splendid Chairman. Mentions that they have been upset in the Canadian Medical Corps by the vagaries of General Sam Hugues. Details on his position in the matter. Details on the cases in the hospitals. There are few medical cases, except the shell shocks and hearts. Typhoid has disappeared. Interested in local Tetanus. News of Revere who is with his Battery on the Somme. Glad to hear from Packard of the new Historical Journal. Civilities.


Date: 
May 2, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler asks for news of Dock's son. Invitation to the latter. The American news has cheered them. Sure that American troops will have to come, as Germany is still very strong. News of Revere. Hopes that Revere will have a leave. Asks him if he has sent his Wesly paper. Comments on Wesly's work. Mentions his work on his catalogue. The Persian Embassy sent him a Rhazes manuscript in Arabic. Thinks it comes from Sa'eed. Details about some malaria cases.


Date: 
September 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler announces Revere's death. Details on the wounds. Brewer and Darrach of New York operated and Crile transfused. Cushing was with him at the end. The blow was not unexpected. They shall take it bravely. They console themselves with his memory who never gave them anything but pleasure. Description of Revere's character. Mentions his interest in books. Understands their anxiety for George. He has told George to let him know at any time if he or Bill should be ill, as he could help.


Date: 
November 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Dock for his letter of the 25th. Glad to hear that W.W. Francis has decided to go back. They are busy and interested in many Americans who are here. He is tied up with all sorts of Bibliographical affairs. His catalogue of Incunabula to 1480 is under revision at the British Museum. Hopes to have it out next year. Mentions the Historical section. He has bought ten Incunabula, among them the Ed. Prin. of Averroes. Sends him one of Revere's books with his bookplate.


Date: 
May 5, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler mentions a letter of Dock Jr. The strain is very heavy on the young fellows. Fears that the war will last a long time. Comments on the work done by the USA. Inveighs against the pessimists. Mentions his work in his catalogue raisonne which is slow. He is help by a secretary and a girl from the Bodley. Details the sections. Requests information about good novels in which Doctors of the West or South figures.


Date: 
December 17, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler acknowledges Dock's letter of the 26th when he got back from a War Office discussion about gas and gassing. Hopes Dock's son will be able to visit him before going back. The American Hospitals are rapidly closing. Will have 25 of the Denver Unit for lunch and 25 from Dartford Hospital. Kind comments on the American Hospitals. The Portsmouth one (from Albany) is a model. He has seen a lot of Norris and Gibbon of Philadelphia. News of his library. Project to print his circulation cards as a sort of example. Mentions the influenza outbreak. Glad that Dock saw Shipley and Walker. Mentions that there is no chance for him of getting over next year. Civilities. P.S. Sad about Jacobi.


Date: 
March 25, 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler acknowledges Dock's letter of the 7th. Thanks for sending information to Richards. Anxious that the Government should get the Egypt Medical School into order. Suggests he take a sabbatical year in England and in Paris. Would join him.