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Letters dated 1918


Date: 
July 31, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Abbott, Maude E.
Abstract: 

Osler does not believe it is possible to get Maude Abbott over officially. He had a long talk with Adami. He reports that Billy Francis could not be dislocated.


Date: 
August 2, 1918
From: 
Thiselton-Dyer, William T.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

As Thiselton-Dyer has finished the first draft of his glossary of Greek plant names, he has returned the Galen Osler had borrowed for him. Mentions his interest in Galen. Mentions that his work has been delayed because of his frequent attacks of heart troubles. Details about his health. Civilities.


Date: 
August 6, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Extract from letter. The Oslers have been hosting American officers in their Oxford home. Osler has left for Cambridge to deliver an address. Lady Osler would prefer not to go to Scotland so that she can be with Osler for the "pitiful" anniversary of Revere's death.


Date: 
August 6, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Flexner, Simon
Abstract: 

Osler informs Flexner that the encephalitis outbreak has subsided. Has asked Bullock to send Flexner material. George Draper is in France, Osler got Ireland to send him there, must have sent Flexner his brief reports on the waning epidemic. Discussion about it. Bradford writes about cases of a disease resembling polyneuritis, which is probably Heine-Medin disease, without the encephalitic symptoms. Put to his attention the fact that the letargic type has been prevalent in Paris and Vienna. Thinks that they are the same disease.


Date: 
August 6, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
Abstract: 

Osler and Boggs had many talks about Mackall. Glad to hear of his good work. Offers his help in looking out any books or manuscripts. Details on his catalogue. Sayle of the Cambridge Library thinks it will be feasible, but will require a complete index. Mentions Ferguson's B.-C. News from W.W. Francis.


Date: 
August 7, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Cambridge, August 7, 1918. Sketch of the Evolution of Scientific Medicine in the USA, before the Summer School in Cambridge.


Date: 
August 8, 1918
From: 
The Secretary of State
To: 
The Secretary of War
Abstract: 

Transmits for appropriate disposition the unsealed letter addressed by Osler to Gorgas which was transmitted by the American Embassy at London through diplomatic channels.


Date: 
August 9-10, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from the Hospital, August 17, 1918, p.433. "MEDICINE IN AMERICA, speech by Sir William Osler, Bart, F.R.S., Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford University".


Date: 
August 10, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler mentions one of MacAlister's friends who could give money. He has been at Cambridge lecturing and at Colchester. Will be off to Lyme Regis for two weeks. Nettleton of Yale will discuss with him of the American Universities Union, arranging for postgraduate work in Europe. Details about it. Osler thinks that they shall have to consider them in the discussion. Will go to Hurts. Enthusiastic about the idea of starting a new hospital.


Date: 
August 16, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler just received Mabel Brewster's letter of June 3rd, which had been censored. Mentions a tragic ending for E.S. Martin. Asks which regiment his son is in, as they are trying to keep in touch with their friends' sons. Grace and Susan Chapin have lists of them. Such thrilling days. Details on his visit to the American Hospital in the South of England. States that USA will settle the war and hopefully dictate the terms to Germany. The presence of American troops has roused enthusiasm. Susan Chapin has just gone to Paris with Mrs. Whitelaw Reid to the Red Cross work and to get it coordinated with the London branch. Word about their constant stream of visitors. They get on very well with the rations, and Grace manages wonderfully. Mentions the wedding of Phoebe Wright with Reginald Fitz. Details about it. They are on the Dorset coast with a niece from Toronto and her daughters, the Wrights, the Hartys with two children, the Ogilvies with two children, and a Boston Gardner girl, war widow with a child. Wishes he was in Avalon with her children. Hates to think of missing them at this fascinating age. He has no chance of coming in America. Mentions that he was asked the other day (Flexner's letter). Civilities. P.S. It will be one year since Revere's death. It has been a bitter experience and has hit him hard. Details about his sorrow.


Date: 
August 16, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Martin, Edward Sanford
Abstract: 

Osler offers Martin sympathies for the death of his wife. Grief is a hard companion, particularly to an optimist, and to one who has been a stranger to it for so many years. Explains that they have decided to let no outward action demonstrate, if possible, the aching hearts. Encourages him. Grace sends her love. Compliments on his work for the cause. Asks him to tell his son to visit them when in England.


Date: 
August 19, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jewett, Miss S.O.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Miss Jewett for the address. Greetings to Eastman.


Date: 
August 19, 1918
From: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Mentions a letter of Boggs. He has written to him December 26th after he heard of Revere's death, but Osler may not have received the letter. He sent him a copy of the catalogue of the library of van Murr, but does not remember when he sent it from Savannah. Details about of the erasure on the copy of it at the Surgeon General's Library. Hopes he did not forget to thank Osler for the pamphlet on the book-worm. Answers his bibliographical questions. Asks him if he had bought anything at the Huth Sale. He has bought Rive's Chasse aux Bibliographes. Details about the other book he bought. Informs him that he gave up his position as librarian of the DeRenne Library in Savannah, and is now waiting to do war work for the National Red Cross. Thinks he will go to France early in October. Civilities.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Gordon Holmes wrote a nice letter urging that W.W. Francis should have a transfer to England. Hopes it can be arranged. He has written to Chisholm. Mentions their holiday in Lyme Regis. They are now enjoying a little peace at home. Mrs. Simpson, Mrs. Osborne's daughter, has had a little girl. Civilities.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler informs Malloch that he has heard from Holmes about W.W. Francis and has written to Chisholm. There should not be any difficulty in getting a suitable work in England. Looking forward to him early in September. Glad that they have taken his "Turned Soldier" paper for the U.M. Tells him to send on the endocarditis paper very soon. Thinks that Duchenne would be a good subject for a paper.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler acknowledges Kelbs' letter. Love to Jenks. Thinks that Klebs would be happy in Boston, as there is a nice literary group. His collection of Gesner has grown very much. He has had the promise of many of Muller's early papers. Mentions his catalogue. The list of the Early Printed Medical Books to 1480 is being revised by the British Museum Experts before getting printed by Pollard. Mentions the Americans in England and of his visit of the American Hospitals in South of England. He is busy.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Flexner, Simon
Abstract: 

Osler invites Flexner to come directly to them if he lands in Liverpool. Draper must have sent him his report. Deplores that more experimental work was not done. The epidemic has subsided. Has not yet had the paper from Bradford on the epidemic of Polio-myelo-neuritis.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Mellish, Maud Wilson
Abstract: 

Thanks to the Mayo brothers and to herself for volume 9. Kind comments about it. Interesting to see medicine playing such an important part now in the clinic.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Crutcher, Howard
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Anecdote. Crutcher thanks Osler and compliments him on his work on "Practice". Compares its charm and easiness to read to Macaulay's essay on Lord Clive. Mentions that he will be at the Front before a great while for the Red Cross as he feels he ought to go after the noble struggle of the heroic Allies to save human liberty and free government. Sends some reprints. Civilities.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler has heard about Bill from Holmes and has written to Chisholm. He doesn't believe there will be any difficulty in getting work in England. He requests that Malloch sends on the endocarditis paper as soon as possible.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler has heard about Bill from Holmes and has written to Chisholm. He doesn't believe there will be any difficulty in getting work in England. He requests that Malloch sends on the endocarditis paper as soon as possible.


Date: 
August 24, 1918
From: 
Monro, T.K.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Letter found in "Bibliotheca Secunda. Charles Morrison, Scots Magazine." Monro sends a copy of Williamson's work on "Old Greenock," a good resource for Osler's research on Charles Morrison.


Date: 
August 24, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes that they got back from Lyme Regis. She could not leave Osler to go to Scotland just at this time of the year. (Revere's death anniversary).


Date: 
August 24, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Pratt, Joseph Hersey
Abstract: 

Osler wishes Pratt were here. He referred to his Tuberculosis work in an address at Leicester. He has little time for writing. Mentions his library and his catalogue. Anecdote of Osler buying Withering's letters. Comments on Withering. Asks him for a photo of his family. Mentions the anniversary of the death of Revere. It has been a hard blow.


Date: 
August 24, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Hurd, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler mentions the wedding of Phoebe Wright and Reginald Fitz. Thrilled by the American invasion of England. He visited the American Hospitals. Elting has been transferred to the Roosevelt unit in France. Washburn has talking of Hurd and of his work. There are ten American Orthopaedic students in Oxford, among them Robert Johnson. Kind comments on the latter. Details on the treatment at one of the new neurological hospitals. Asks him if he has seen the cinema films which he had sent out from the National Research Committee, taken by Hurst. Mentions his library and his catalogue. Morton sent him an interesting set of his father's Ether papers. He has presented the duplicates to the Royal Society of Medicine with a note on the subject which he has sent to the Annals of Medical History. Thinks it will not please their brothers in the South and the Longites. Mentions Boggs and Strong who visited them. Osler lectured in Cambridge on the Evolution of Scientific Medicine in USA. News from Albutt. Mentions his visit to the Heart Hospital at Colchester. He has got the History of the Medical Clinic partly written.


Date: 
August 26, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Osler's Arrhenius books on the Stars has come. Asks Francis when he expects to come.


Date: 
August 26, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler hopes that W.W. Francis will get over before long. Discussion about the case of a Mrs. H. who has had anisocoria.


Date: 
August 26, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler hopes Bill will get over to England soon. He writes of a case of "Mrs. H.", who has had anisocoria for eight years.


Date: 
August 26, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler hopes Bill will get over to England soon. He writes of a case of "Mrs. H.", who has had anisocoria for eight years.


Date: 
August 27, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Foy, George
Abstract: 

Osler asks Foy where he could find the Donnelly report. Word about his anaesthesia section increasing with Morton's papers.

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