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Letters dated 1911


Date: 
March 17, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler tells Mabel Brewster to remember the reference of the boat and of Akmed Barondi, the dragoman, as she and her husband must make this trip. He suggests she take him as physician and playmate of Sylvia in 1913, for this eventual trip. He recommends she read Weigall's book or Breasted's book about Iknnaton, the idealist Pharaoh. Osler offers details of the sites he visited. He will sail on the 22nd for Naples and will be home April 1st. He asks her of her Summer plans, and mentions that he shall have to stay at work after this long holiday. He is working on the new edition of his textbook. Civilities.


Date: 
March 19, 1911
From: 
Osler, Edward Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Revere thanks Jacobs for the stamps. Revere reports that his father is having a fine time in Egypt and wishes he could be there with him.


Date: 
(ca March 19, 1911)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Postcard of the Temple Chafra Sphinx and the Pyramid of Cheops. Osler offers an enthusiastic commentary on them.


Date: 
(ca March 19, 1911)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Remsen, Ira
Abstract: 

Postcard. Osler mentions a visit to the chancellor of the ancient university. He describes the teaching and the students who learn the Koran. He comments positively on this religion. Civilities.


Date: 
March 22, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Details on his trip in Egypt. Mentions the dragoman. Mention of the medical condition in Cairo. Details on cases of Bilharzia and on Looss' specimens of anchylosma. The teaching is good but the clinics and laboratories are deficient. Mention of Phillips Day and Richards. Rheumatism and chorea are rare. Typhoid and tuberculosis are common. Bilharzia and hook-worm are the exceptional features. Government should crusade like in Porto Rico. Details and comments on the life habits of the inhabitants. Political opinion. Discussion of the cases of James Ross, Kendall, and Wm Cassatt who travel with him. Mentions a Raynaud's case at Luxor. Word on the text-book for October 1912. Mentions the Higginbothams, Sorry for Hurd's resignation. Health stat


Date: 
March 21, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

"The Rows in the Temples." Osler is on his way home from Egypt, where he failed to procure many books or manuscripts.


Date: 
March 25, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Bowditch, Mrs. Henry Pickering
Abstract: 

Osler expresses his mingled feelings over the death of Bowditch. He offers a tribute to his life and work at the Harvard Medical School, at the American School of Physiology. Civilities.


Date: 
March 25, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Postcard of the interior of the temple in Edfu. Osler comments on the most perfect of the ancient temples.


Date: 
March 27, 1911
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler had been worried about their landing. Lady Osler makes arrangements so that Jacobs and Osler can meet in Paris. She has read, while he was away, letters from doctors of all ages. She expresses her admiration and pride for Osler and his influence to the profession.


Date: 
(ca March 27, 1911)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Postcard. Osler comments on the houses of Pompei.


Date: 
March 28, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler describes a dream he had in which Cushing performed cerebral surgery on Hughlings Jackson.


Date: 
March 28, 1911
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Lady Osler details her husband's travel arrangements during his stay in Europe.


Date: 
March 28, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Campbell Palmer
Abstract: 

Osler reports news from William W. Francis. He thinks that Howard should think of taking Sanatorium work. Jacobs offers him a position in Maryland. His trip has been wonderful. Cairo is a fascinating city. He mentions Phillips' work and comments on the hospital conditions. Osler declares that if Germany would have this country, it would do the Egyptians good, as they need their drastic measures to put the educational system in order. James Ross has been ill; Osler discusses his case. He writes his opinion on the conditions of the physician in Egypt. He would like to meet him. Will arrange for the Journal numbers to be sent. The Futchers will not come this Summer, but Nona and Ottilie Wright will. He mention's Hurd's resignation. He deplores his incapacity to come to the McGill opening.


Date: 
March 28, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Postcard. Osler mentions that it is where Crawford wrote most of his works. Civilities.


Date: 
March 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Postcard of Luxor--Colonnades. Osler that the ancient Egyptians were mighty builders and that we are not in the same class.


Date: 
March 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Unidentified
Abstract: 

Postcard of Hathor, the goddess of love, to an unidentified addressee. Osler reports that he and his group leave Alexandria today with regrets.


Date: 
March 31, 1911
From: 
Heberden, C.B.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Heberden writes to Osler to discuss E.W.B. Nicholson's poor health and its effect on the Bodleian Library. As a result of his illness, Nicholson is not able to devote sufficient time to carry out his duties as Librarian. If he is not expected to recover, Heberden believes it would be best for Nicholson to retire. He asks for Osler's advice in the matter.


Date: 
April 2, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler writes of his passage in Italy. He did not find any interesting old books. He will make a specific offer at the Payne's auction to leave out the 15th century herbals. He comments on the prices asked. He plans to talk with Sotheby's and come to terms with them. He insists that Jacobs do a trip on the Nile; he has never had such an enchanting trip. Osler hopes to see them in July. Civilities.


Date: 
April 5, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shattuck, Frederick Cheever
Abstract: 

Osler alludes to the fact that his letter of Dec. 28th was among a batch of February letters. He had a delightful trip to Egypt. He is sorry about Henry Bowditch's death. He mentions a letter he sent to the Lancet to pay tribute to him. Included is an amusing script note about a mistake of his secretary.


Date: 
April 5, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McEachran, Duncan
Abstract: 

Osler is gald to hear that McEachron is doing well. He invites McEachron to Oxford. Civilities.


Date: 
April 11, 1911
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Pamphlet: "The Medical Club or Club of 19." Read to the Club at Dr. Cheston's dinner at the Aldine Hotel, April 11, 1911 by Dr. Tyson.


Date: 
April 12, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Harris, D. Fraser
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Harris for a photo of an old church which he visited years ago. Will put it in his edition of the physiology. Suggest to put up a new stone or to re-carve the old one, and that the Physiological Society might have it done. Civilities.


Date: 
April 12, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler offers McCrae details on the work of some sections of the textbook. He would like the McCraes to visit him in the Autumn. He deplores the death of Ned Cushing. Civilities.


Date: 
April 13, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler deplores Ned Cushing's death. He is busy catching up on his arrears of two months correspondence. He mentions his bids by Quaritch for the Hoe's sale, and details on the Payne books which will be estimated. Osler states that if Marburgh's offer comes near the limit it will be accepted. London is in turmoil because of the coronation. Civilities.


Date: 
April 18, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thomas, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler has not seen Halsted who keeps in seclusion. He states his opinion on the planned changes at the Johns Hopkins (whole time professorship); he does not agree with it. This experiment should be tried somewhere else than at JHH at first. Osler is sorry that Mary Worthington has not been well. He gives his love to Trudeau and Hal. Revere and Mrs. Osler are off fishing in Wales. He mentions that his son is not good in Latin and Greek. Osler also mentions that he is interested in what he said about Gibson. Civilities.


Date: 
April 19, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler is interested in an autographed copy of Vesal that will appear at the Vandencorput sale. He would like to avoid bidding on the same items as Cushing.


Date: 
April 19, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler returned ten days ago. He asks Nixon about the date he would like. He suggests the 26th. He asks Nixon what he should bring. (Historical Club)


Date: 
April 22, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler writes that the 29th does not suit him. He suggests May 3rd. He will bring interesting old books and will give them a little advice. (Historical Club)


Date: 
April 26, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler has written to Ms. Noyes. He would like to know which books Cushing plans to bid on at the Antwerp sale. He hopes the Cushings will plan a visit to England. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
April 26, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Doyne, Robert
Abstract: 

Osler had been requested to write to Mr. Doyne stating that the feeling of the Staff is that it is desirable for an assistant ophthalmic surgeon resident in Oxford to be appointed to the Radcliffe Infirmary Staff.

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