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Letters dated 1912


Date: 
November 24, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Thayer liked the photograph. He asks Thayer the date of the Welch dinner so that he could send a cable. Would be delighted to be on the Committee. Glad of the medallion. News from Oxford, the Tuberculosis meeting. Mitchell wrote enthusiastically of an event in Philadelphia (possiblt referring to Futcher's wedding) It is a great matter to have Futcher settled. Civilities.


Date: 
January 4, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shattuck, Frederick Cheever
Abstract: 

They had been reading his Forbes book. Details about family links with the Revere. Osler mentions that he doubts if he should give the Ether lecture. He already has the Silliman course at Yale, he has chosen, as a subject, the evolution of modern medicine. He will probably have to do something at the Hopkins and at Montreal, so that he shall be hard pressed. His old friends have been only too urgent in asking him to lecture at different places. Civilities.


Date: 
January 5, 1912
From: 
Osler, Edward Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Revere is thankful for the book Jacobs sent, for it has some of the best reproductions of insects he has ever seen. He spent an enjoyable Christmas with quite a large congregation of the family.


Date: 
January 5, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Civilities. Osler writes of his work for the text-book. It is hard work to review something and put it in a new form. He recalls that it was just 20 years ago since he was working at the first edition. It has brought him hosts of friends known and unknown. He will give Mabel Brewster the new edition in October. He has not begun his Yale Lectures. He is looking forward with pleasure to a week at Avalon (in September). He asks her to thanks her husband for his letter; he is glad that he liked Pasteur life. He expressed his admiration for Pasteur. Civilities.


Date: 
January 8, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Tyson, James
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Tyson for his portrait. He asks Tyson to send him a copy of his Cell Doctrine book, for his own library. Osler suggests he make his presidential address on the phenomenal changes that have taken place in 50 years in our conception of bioplasm and the old germinal matter. He mentions that he is working at the revision of his textbook. Civilities.


Date: 
January 8, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Tomes has not replied to Osler's letter, nor has the old Philadelphia Croesus at the Carlton. He would be glad to write letters or ask for personal interviews of the lay representatives, though he thinks that Morris or Church would be able to do better. Civilities.


Date: 
January 9, 1912
From: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

MacAlister has not heard neither from Tomes or the Philadelphian Croesus. He sends Osler a short list of the deceased Fellows (The Royal Society of Medicine) and their representatives. Osler can choose the ones he wants to reach and leaves the remainder to Morris and Church. He agrees on the time of their appointment. He informs Osler that under his suggestion, he had written to Mrs. Robert Barnes who says that she will consider the matter, and will come and see him shortly. MacAlister sends Osler some Times reprints which can be useful (for the solicitation). On the back of the sheets are Cushing's note on the Royal Society of Medicine and its expansion.


Date: 
January 10, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler jokes about Klebs' attack of gout. Agrees that Tissot is well worth working up. He mentions the several books he has of him and biographical anecdote. He asks Klebs if he is going to Rome (at the Tuberculosis Congress). He hopes to spend the month of April in Italy. Klebs' book was of great help in his revising of the section on tuberculosis in his text-book. Mention of positive comments from several London men. Request for an old picture and of a modern photograph of an island called Ufenau in Lake Zurich, on which Ulrich von Hutten died. Osler asks Klebs if he had read the life of von Hutten by Strauss. He asks Klebs to look for Conrad Gesner works for him. Thinks that he is probably the only really respectable Swiss in history. Civilities.


Date: 
January 11, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thomas, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler discusses the case of Mary Worthington. He is sorry that Hal has been sick. He hadgood news of him from Lawrason Brown wrote him that he was better. He mentions that he is busy with the revision of his textbook. He had made many changes in the infectious diseases; he is trying to patch up the Nervous system section. Revere is at home. He has completed a five foot Atlantic Liner, engines and all, which will be launched this week. Civilities.


Date: 
January 12, 1912
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. On that day, Osler presides at the clinical section of the Royal Society of Medicine.


Date: 
January 15, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler does not agree with MacAlister about the formal deputation. It would be better if Barlow and he attacked him alone or with MacAlister. Osler proposes to find out if Barlow will do it. He thinks that they have to make the Syphilis discussion in December a great affair. Technical suggestions for an exhibit of all the literature of the first 25 years, up to Hutten's "De Guaiacim."


Date: 
January 15, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler has been interested in Hutten for years, and would like to get the reference to the expression "winged worms" as a cause of syphilis.


Date: 
January 22, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler writes thanks to Jacobs for the books Mrs. Jacobs sent. He gives details about a duplicate copy that he will send to the Keats-Shelley Memorial Library at Rome. He mentions the catalogue of the remainder of Payne's Library. Osler comments on the Herbals and the Milton's. He mentions his new secretary, a Scotch girl who knows French, German, and Russian. He is glad that the Committee of Selection took Cushing to represent America in the 1913 Congress for the Address in Surgery. Osler was not on the Sub-Committee. Recalls that he did not say anything to Mrs. Jacobs about the duplicate copy of Shelley.


Date: 
January 22, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted with the Ufenau pictures. He answers that yes, he remembers Varro's reference, as Hektoen put it in the front of his article on my System. The book he finds most useful is Bayle's "Biographie Medicale."


Date: 
January 25, 1912
From: 
Gotch, Francis
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Gotch returns Doyle's letter to Osler. It does not change the necessity of appointing an Examiner for the Diploma on next Saturday. He suggests that Osler consider the name of Dr. J. H. Parsons or Priestley Smith. He asks Osler if he has thought of some other names. Mentions monetary problems concerning the arrangements for the Diploma. Mention of the troubled situation of Doyle and the complicated conditions associated with the Eye Hospital.


Date: 
January 27, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted that Cushing was selected to deliver the surgical address in 1913. He refers to Oppenheim portraits, which he believes to be fakes. Civilities.


Date: 
January 27, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler will arrange to have a photograph of the Paracelsus portrait in the Bodleian sent to Klebs. He asks about a national monument to Ulrich von Hutten in Germany. He would like one of Nuttall's men, or Nuttall himself, to write a report on insects for the International Congress on Hygiene.


Date: 
January 27, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thomas, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry about the case of Mary Worthington. He gives his diagnosis, and his love to the poor girl. He is glad that Hal is at work again. Osler thanks Thomas for his help on the revision of the textbook.Osler has written a new article on Polyomyelitis. He writes that he will have to put it in the Acute Infections section. He will try to get the section ready as soon as possible so that Thomas will read it. He thinks that they will not begin to print before the first of May. Civilities.


Date: 
January 27, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler thanks McCrae for the memorandum. He gives details about the indexing of the illness for the text-book. He has re-written the polyomelitis and it will be indexed in the Infectious Diseases. Henry Thomas will look out at some points in the Nervous Diseases. It would be well to have a new index. Details on his work on certain illness. Precisions on the sorting of the sections. He has added a section on the interesting Rat-Bite Fever. Civilities.


Date: 
January 1, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Klebs for the Ufenau pictures. He has been on the lookout for years for an original edition of the de Guaiaci, Hutten, 1519, but has never met one. He mentions Hutten's work in the reformation and his role as the fons and origo of the national spirit of Germany. Osler asks Klebs if he is going to the September meeting in Washington. He will probably not be able to attend it because he is lecturing at Yale in October.


Date: 
January 31, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thomas, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Thomas for the note. He is writing to Mrs. Worthington to his care (about the condition of Mary). He will send him all the new sections of the text-book. He has slipped in many small bits here and there, chiefly taken from the System. Civilities.


Date: 
February 2, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

A. & Co are anxious to get the balance (of the textbook). They should have it all within six weeks. Technical details. Osler is afraid that they have not begun printing and are waiting for the complete manuscript. If so, they will never get it out by the first of October. He had cabled them that if they have not begun printing to return the manuscript and he will print here (in Oxford). He owns the copyright in England and the Colonies and Appletons could arrange to take the sheets for the American market Civilities. Osler sends McCrae two sections . He asks McCrae about where he would put Pellagra.


Date: 
February 5, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Lewis, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler agrees with the idea of doing something for Einthoven. He would like to give him a dinner at the Athenaeum, or if Lewis and McKenzie think best, a number of doctors could give him a dinner together. He will invite him to visit him in Oxford, where he could see Miss Buchanan. It might be best if he had him meet 24 or 25 men at the Athenaeum. Civilities.


Date: 
February 5, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Klebs for the memorandum about Hutten. He gives details about the many editions of his books. At the Payne's library, he bought Hutten's stirring appeal "Ad Principes Germanos ut Bellum Turcis Inferant", 1518. He would be glad to hear about the monuments. He mentions that he has many Gesner's books and that he is devoted to his memory. Osler gives his opinion on Von Hutten' life which was not more dissipated than the average man of his period. He is just reading "Epistolas obscororum vivorum." If that is true, it is not surprising that he dedicated his "De Guaiaci" to Archbishop Albert.


Date: 
February 7, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Lewis, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler will make the arrangements. It could be very nice to have Lewis at the (Clinical) Section. They could arrange to have a special meeting where Lewis, McKenzie and some others could get together a number of cases, and the Professor (Einthoven) could give them a preliminary talk. Details on the dates of the dinner and the afternoon meeting.


Date: 
February 9, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler writes details on the revised sections of the textbook. He had no reply from Appletons concerning the proofs and on explanations on the delay. Civilities.


Date: 
February 10, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes of a recent portrait of himself. He refers to a Congress at which Cushing, Ehrlich and Chauffard will deliver addresses. He believes it a great pitty that Welch could not be in the Senate.


Date: 
February 12, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Phipps, Henry
Abstract: 

Osler sends Phipps a Book Lover's Anthology just issued from the Oxford Press. He hopes the Phipps are having a good winter at Palm Beach. The edition of the Life of Pasteur has been very much appreciated. Osler mentions that he is working on the new edition of his textbook till April. Civilities.


Date: 
February 12, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Phipps, Henry
Abstract: 

Osler sends Phipps a letter from Salt Lake City as an examples of all the ones he received from librarians of the medical schools, regarding The Pasteur Life. He is sure that it will be of the greatest value to students. In London, on librarian mentioned to him that it was in almost constant demand. Civilities.


Date: 
February 15, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler tells McCrae to not worry about Appletons' request to get the book out by June. His contract stipulates that the book was to be ready in time for the October sales. He sends McCrae some sections and asks if there is not a young fellow who could help indexing the new things. Civilities.

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