Adami asks Osler for his opinion on an essay title. He accepts an invitation to stay with Osler in Baltimore.
Adami writes of his involvement in the Clark Bell affair and in the establishment of the Bacteriological Section in the Lewis Congress.
Adami informs Osler of his disagreement with Maude Abbott over the Museum Catalogue. He writes of affairs relating to McGill University.
Adami reports on the fundraising efforts for the Museum Catalogue.
Adami thanks Knopf for coming to help them. Since he can only give them one day, they would prefer him to deliver the Address only in English. He is about the trouble he had with the wretched report in the North American newspapers. Adami wishes him success in his case. Mention that he sympathized with Osler at the Fixed Period time but thinks that Osler was paid back for his habit to "jollying". In Knopf's case, he does not feel that way. It harms him and also the Tuberculosis campaign. Civilities.
Adami was out when Osler called. He was at the Stephen's House where Fletcher, Keith and he were having a small committee meeting over a new War Office letter regarding the collection of pathological specimens. Announces that they have put him upon a War Office Committee on the conservation of essential workers in Biology, which can include medical students. Asks him his opinion if the Army was going to adopt the system in force in the Navy. Thinks that this compromise would save Derby and Keogh's faces.
Aware of the problems of the McGill Unit. Birkett wrote him about the misery of the situation of the Jesuit College. Said that he opened his heart to him, telling him that he thought it would have been better for them to be established in England. He has urged the General and Drum to bring them back into England. The latter agree but there were difficulties in the way. Details about them. Will do his best. The General fully recognizes that it is shameful that so good unit should be housed so miserably.
Adami is aware of all the details regarding the Tent Hospital for the Venereal Diseases. They got the authority to place the men in a building, at Morley House, in Folkestone. Reciprocates Guthrie's remarks about the third-class prostitutes who have poured down to Folkestone from London. The situation was similar in Salisbury Plain. Deplores the opinion of people like Barlow. Would like to stir up the public by an article in the British Medical Journal or in the Lancet. Suggests the introduction of Martial Law in regard to this matter.
Adami informs Osler that Surgeon-General Jones's opinion is that it would be wiser to take no part in the matter of the venereal diseases in the army and on the question of the prostitutes in Shorncliffe. His argument is that Colonel Rennie from Shorncliffe was instructed by General Steele not to go to a meeting of the National Council for combating venereal disease. It may be a move to make the British authorities responsible for the state of affairs, and to eventually permit them to be free to take their own action. Deplores that the conditions are getting worse, there are as many cases now with less Canadian soldiers as there were when they were more. The General thinks that it is time for the Militia and Defence Act to be put in operation so, as to drive the prostitutes out of the Shorncliffe and Bramshot districts. The latter, contrary to Adami, doubts the efficiency of the American System for this matter. Explanations. Adami agrees with the General's suggestion to cease having a special venereal hospital and make the M. O. of each battalion look after the venereal cases of that battalion. Suggests that Barlow of the Council should induce the General to take more active measures.
Adami wishes Osler the best for 1916. Advises him to take care of him and not to return to work before his influenza is gone. Distressed about Yates. Comments and tribute to the latter. Finley has already returned to Etaples. (Yates of No.3 Canadian General Hospital came down with Bright's and pneumonia)
Adami reproaches Osler for sending Bruce a confrontational letter regarding the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. Osler's letter has reached the Minister of Militia, who is now raging mad. Adami worries that this crisis may lead to his own resignation. However, he believes that Bruce's Commission was a "wretched piece of work" and a discredit to the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Adami writes regarding developments in the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. He includes his own analysis into the Committee of Enquiry.
Adami informs Osler that he has given the original of the enclosed (his resignation from the C.A.M.C. in protest) to the D.M.S.. Asks him to keep this confidential for now and asks him his advice on the matter.
Adami has advised the Director of Medical Services, Gen. G.C. Jones, about Osler's letter regarding the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. Adami is at odds over how to proceed in the matter.
Adami warns Osler about taking further action in the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair.
Adami writes of matters relating to the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair.
Details about missing each other on the telephone. Adami thanks Osler for so promptly showing the quality of his friendship, and his willingness to help in need. Forwards him a copy of the missing venereal report. He cannot give him the official number of the C.E.F. Mentions a number published by Robert Borden, something around 300 000 cases, but it has been steadily increasing from some 33 000 odd in November 1914.
Adami comments on Osler's Fothergillian Oration where he speaks doubtfully regarding the early European history of syphilis. Discussions about it.
Adami thanks Osler for act of kindness toward him, in sending him a note to tell him that he would not be able to hear his lectures (Cronian Lectures in the Royal College of Physicians on "Medical Contributions to the Story of Evolution").
Aucland Geddes will come with him to Oxford. Sherrington would like to show them the anatomical arrangements and developments at Oxford. Asks him if they can visit him to lunch or for afternoon tea.
The General will not be able to come. Adami asks Osler if they can meet to discuss ways and means (for the establishment of the eventual "Bulletin of the C.A.M.C.") to put these before the General.
Adami sends Osler back Hurst's "Medical Diseases of the War". The Journal scheme is progressing. Details on the decisions taken at a meeting of heads of departments on the frequency of the issue of it. He has written a letter for the General to D.D.M.S. Canadians in France, to Fotheringham and to the Officers commanding every Hospital unit.
Adami informs Osler of the progress of the Journal. Jenkins points out a method whereby they can finance the journal at a profit. Details about it. He has received from the Royal Commission on Paper authority to issue the new periodical. Will now wait to hear the results of Jenkins' campaign to declare the journal as assured fact and start off a circular for subscriptions in the Service and to secure material for the first issue. No news from Macphail.
Does not think that the case for a special Public Health Institute (Cardiff) could be put better than what Osler has drafted.
Adami writes that he had a talk with Macphail. To his surprise, he finds out that the latter is not favourable to the establishment of a C.A.M.C. Journal at the present moment. Indicates that Macphail is a pessimist and is affected by the present state of affairs. Details Macphail's opinion, to help preparing Osler for a meeting with him. Sends him an obituary notice of dear old Girdwood received from Ruttan.
Adami thanks Osler for his letter. Request for a photo of John McCrae for the Lancet for publication.
Adami would read carefully his report on Postgraduate Medical Education. Asks for Osler's permission to mention that he in this way for medical postgraduate work at the meeting of the Syndicate at Cambridge. Explains that he is tying to stir them up to open freely for American and Dominion graduate students in all branches. Gives his opinion on postgraduate Medical education. Writes of the establishment of a postgraduate bureau in London. Mentions Cunliffe and comments on the latter.
Adami mentions a conversation with Louis Wilson about Osler's report on Postgraduate Medical Education and on the American plans for graduate education. Details on Wilson's views. Suggestions to improve Osler's report. Discussion on the matter. Civilities.
Adami gives news from Rhea who is in the Pinewood Sanatorium. Details on the latter's health condition. Adami's opinion on where Rhea should stay for his convalescing. His daughter Isabel is delighted with the moments she spent with them.
While in Cambridge, Shipley told Adami that he had heard that Osler was thoroughly broken down. Tells him to write to Bazin at No. 3 Canadian General Hospital about Rhea's work. Bazin will be sympathetic and willing to help. Asks him if Osler wants him to support his letter. Mentions Rhea. Civilities.
Adami explains why Rhea is still in England. The loss of the LLandovery Castle (Canadian Hospital ship torpedoed by the Germans) has stopped all transfer to Canada. Rhea has promised to write him introductory notes before leaving. Thanks to Osler for inviting him to the Canada Club luncheon, but he had to accept an invitation from Colmer.
Details on his effort of the last three years to interest the authorities in England in Maude Abbott and her work. Lastly he has tried to interest Fotheringham to employ her in Canada but did not succeed. Mentions that the C.A.M.C fight against having female members. Keith cannot take her as his staff has been reduced. Thinks that it is helpless since Fotheringham has been advised not to employ her services.
Adami accepts the invitation, and offers Osler information about Finley. Gives him the address of the latter and of Falconer. Invites Osler to join them at a Farewell dinner to Finley and Starkey at the Canadian Officers Club.
Adami announces that he has found that Bell had already approved the transfer of W.W. Francis to Oxford. It now all depends upon the War Office.
Adami returns some reprints, a copy of the Report of the Committee of Sixteen at Montreal, and Harrison's "Management of Venereal Disease in the Civil Community". Report of the National Council meeting. Bassett Smith, Goodwin, Morant, Francis Lloyd, Mrs. Scharlieb and other important people were there. Barlow told him how the National Council had been blocked at every turn by Keogh, Bonar Law, and the Local Authorities. Adami suggested Barlow publish the information for the whole country. Barlow said that he would consult Sydenham, but was very mad at the meeting. Adami states his position in this matter. Thinks that Young and Snow were excellent. Mentions Worthin's figures. Adami thinks that they should get Klotz to discuss the matter.
Adami suggests that his "Policy of the Ostrich" paper would make a perfect pamphlet for the public. Asks Osler's opinion on the matter and if he has any desire to do propaganda work by pamphlets. Mentions his difference of views with Osler's in the matter of prophylactic treatment.
Adami acknowledges the memorandum referring to the Bibliotheca Osleriana. Has seen Birkett about it, and the latter will think it over for a few days. He sees nothing essential to add. Found the idea of keeping up the high standards of the library by the appointment of curators from outside admirable.
Suggestions regarding the conditions of Osler's gift of his Bibliotheca Osleriana to McGill. Birkett and Martin agree with these suggestions.