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Letters dated 1911


Date: 
April 27, 1911
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Osler's notes found in Sir William Petty's Letters 1666-1689, vol. 1, bought on April 27, 1911.


Date: 
April 27, 1911
From: 
Doyne, Robert
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Doyne points out that no hitch or inconvenience has been reported to him since he has held the appointment at the Radcliffe, and nothing happened to make his residence in Oxford essential. He feels that certain people would like to get rid of him.


Date: 
April 29, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Doyne, Robert
Abstract: 

Osler states that there was no animosity against Doyne at the meeting, and he does not think it is an unreasonable request. It was thought that his views should first be ascertained. He invites Doyne to come chat with him about it.


Date: 
April 29, 1911
From: 
Doyne, Robert
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Doyne thanks Osler for his letter. He will be glad to chat with him. Doyne maintains that there is no need for such a resolution. He is deeply hurt by the treatment he is receiving from the Staff.


Date: 
May 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Doyne, Robert
Abstract: 

Osler thinks that the idea was to have Adams appointed and not to bring in anybody from the outside. He agrees with Doyne that the greatest possible mistake was to divide work in Oxford. He would like to have a talk with him about the situation. Civilities.


Date: 
May 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Singer, Charles Joseph
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Singer's thesis has been accepted (A Study of Some Factors in the Actiology of Oral Carcinoma). He has sent it to the Editors to see if it is suitable for the Journal.


Date: 
May 2, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ogden, Henry Vining
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Ogden's family is coming, but he wishes that Ogden would have come with them. He wishes to see Ogden's family while they are in England. He will send a word about a doctor. Mention of the turmoil in London. Wishes that Cushing could get away, to change his mind on Ned Cushing's death. Enthusiastic comment about his trip in Egypt.


Date: 
May 3, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes regarding literary acquisitions. He urges the Cushing's to plan a summer trip to Oxford.


Date: 
May 3, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Libman, Emanuel
Abstract: 

Osler requests a reprint article from the British Medical Journal and sends "The Hospital Unit." He reports on his delightful trip to Egypt.


Date: 
May 3, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Campbell Palmer
Abstract: 

Osler asks Howrad to let him know when he gets to Berlin as he may go to spend a week with him even if he is tied up through July. He has had a busy month since he got back. He gives news of Jared Howard and Harry. He deplores that he cannot attend the opening of the new building at McGill because of the examinations of June. Osler gives news of Rever. He is rewriting sections of the textbook, and would like to get it ready for the Press by the end of the year. Requests for notes, corrections, suggestions. Civilities.


Date: 
May 5, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler gives details on the work to do on some sections of the textbook. He invties McCrae to come visit them at the end of September. He gives news of Miss Abbott's health. He is sorry that Barker is ill. He writes his opinion on the question of all-time clinical men; he thinks that it is an Utopian scheme. The chances are that in 10 years the head of the department might be the smallest man in the eyes of the community and the profession. He mentions his interest in Anorexia Nervosa, and asks McCrae to get somebody to look for the cases at JHH. Nona has arrived. Love to Amy.


Date: 
May 9, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Kelly, Howard Atwood
Abstract: 

Osler would like to have the Flexner report. He gives details on his opinion of the proposed changes planned at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. First, he wonders how the public could be kept away from first class men. Secondly, the Hospital would not get the best men with the salary proposed, not even the second best. Thirdly, there would be a conflict between the task of the assistants with the chief's task. They would have far greater influence than the chief. However, there is no doubt that when a man has gained a strong reputation in the public and the profession, his scientific work is neglected. He thinks that Kelly and Barker could not accept the proposal. He would prefer to see it tried in New York first.


Date: 
May 8, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes about book-buying. Civilities.


Date: 
May 8, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Gossage, Mrs.
Abstract: 

Invitation to lunch at the Royal Automobile Club with Dr. Gossage and Dr. Maude Abbott.


Date: 
May 13, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes of book-buying. He was happy to hear from Kelly that the Trustees decided to hire full-time Clinical men. He mentions Thayer, Futcher, and Barker. He explains that he did not make his money from clinical practice, but from the sales of his text book. Includes additional note by William Francis.


Date: 
May 13, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Kelly, Howard Atwood
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Kelly for his letter. It will be an interesting experiment and may succeed. He is curious about the arrangements for the private patients, as the Trustees will have to charge big fees for operations on well-to-do people. He is sorry for the salary proposed to Barker. Osler mentions that he did not take away a dollar of all the money he made in Baltimore. His money comes from his textbook, and the interest did not amount to the pension Hurd gets.


Date: 
May 15, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Jaobs for the slips. He had written to Ellis; his suggestion splendid one. Osler is delighted to see the Annual Report of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Jacobs' presence to the Board will be of great service. Osler discusses the proposal for whole time clinical professors. There are points both for and against it. He will talk about it with Jacobs in London. He does not see how Barker could accept it. He mentions a busy season and of many visitors. The girls are getting ready for the presentation to Court. The Hoe sale was interesting, he lost everything but a copy of Aegineta. He mentions a big sale in Amsterdam, and asks Jacobs if he will bid on the letters of Vesal and Laennec. He ruined himself at the Phillips sale. He bought a manuscript of Albertus Magnus, etc


Date: 
May 15, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Bowditch, Mrs. Henry Pickering
Abstract: 

Osler tells Mrs. Bowditch that he would like to have a book from her husband's library. Anything that has some personal association with him, a monograph given by Ludwig, something annotated. Civilities.


Date: 
May 16, 1911
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Revere, Mrs. John
Abstract: 

Lady Osler describes the unveiling of the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace. She relates news of family and friends. Osler will go to Swansea on the 25th of March and Lady Osler will go to Winchester to visit with Mrs. Van Buren and Marion.


Date: 
May 18, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Barker, Lewellys Franklin
Abstract: 

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.


Date: 
May 20, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Jacobs for the Servetus P.C. He hopes Jacobs will visit them this Summer. Osler gives news from Ellis. Mr. Phipps is pleased by the work done in Philadelphia. He will let him know about the Antwerp things (book sale in Amsterdam). He hopes they both have secured the two important letters.


Date: 
May 22, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes of book-buying.


Date: 
May 23, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Darey, J. Herbert
Abstract: 

Osler will send Darey books for the Library. He is glad to hear from him. He asks Darey if he thinks the cases he refers to would be an aggravated forms of the glandular fever. He mentions Campbell Howard. Civilities.


Date: 
May 23, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Campbell Palmer
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Howard is coming at the end of July. He mentions the question of whole time clinical professors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He does not agree with the figures mentioned by Kelly. 15 or 20 000 $ would do. He asks Howard when he is going to Germany. He would like to join him in Berlin. Civilities.


Date: 
May 25, 1911
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

"Dr. Osler at Swansea; Practical Advice on Hospital Work; Insurance Scheme; and Contract Medical Practice." Article describes the stone-laying ceremony for the extension scheme at Swansea Hospital. Osler was in attendance to unveil a brass tablet, in memory of his uncle, who had been a surgeon at the old Swansea Infirmary, 1818-1825.


Date: 
May 25-26, 1911
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Revere, Mrs. John
Abstract: 

Lady Osler describes her visit to the Royal Court of England with Nona, Cora, Adèle, Jay and Ottilie. Includes diagram of the Throne Room.


Date: 
May 27, 1911
From: 
Heberden, C.B.
To: 
Nicholson, E.W.B.
Abstract: 

Heberden informs Nicholson that the Curators of the Bodleian Library have been considering the difficulties created by the state of Nicholson's health. They recognize Nicholson's devotion to the Library, but they feel that due to his prolonged absences, the Library is suffering. Furthermore, the Curators do not feel that Nicholson's health allows him to carry out completely the arduous duties of the Librarian. Additional notes by Osler describing the awkward moment when Nicholson walked into the meeting of the Curators as they were discussing his fate at the Library. Osler's opinion is that Nicholson is rapidly returning back to full work, but that his health could deteriorate at any time.


Date: 
May 27, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler will not bid on the John Hunter. He will bid five or six pounds on the Locke letter. He has got the Laennec letter and the Leyden Diploma of 1595. The Vesal letter was withdrawn. Civilities. Cushing's note attached. Concerns an Appeal Committee for a monument commemorating John Morgan.


Date: 
May 29, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Libman, Emanuel
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Libman for his letter. He compares Libman to Socrates stirring up the Athenians to the consciousness of their defects. He mentions the whole time clinical professors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He hopes that they will pay them proper salary.


Date: 
May 30, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thomas, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Thomas is all right again. He mentions the success he had at the Neurological meeting. He says that he has had a number of letters from Freud, with whom he corresponded in the days when he was working at cerebral palsies of children. He comments on Jones. They are having a busy time with the coronation. Osler asks Thomas if there is any chance of Hal getting the Rhodes Scholarship. Civilities.

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