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Letters dated 1918


Date: 
August 28, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler shall be glad to have C. and the H. He has just finished "The Surgeon's Daughter" and remarks that it is a good picture of Gideon Gray. He reports that the house is full, and wishes Malloch the best for 1919.


Date: 
August 28, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler shall be glad to have C. and the H. He has just finished "The Surgeon's Daughter" and remarks that it is a good picture of Gideon Gray. He reports that the house is full, and wishes Malloch the best for 1919.


Date: 
August 29, 1918
From: 
Gorgas, William C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Acknowledgment of the receipt of his letter of the 22nd. Gorgas agrees with Osler regarding the typhoid and hopes that it is the last trouble that they will have. Hopes to see him. Civilities.


Date: 
August 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes of the one year anniversary of Revere's death. He urges Cushing to plan a visit to Oxford.


Date: 
August 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Positive comments on "Endocarditis due to Inf. Baccillus". Has changed the title and removed the word "cases". It will go to the editors. Details on the date of printing. Sends him a Radcliffe book. Mentions his visit at Colchester. Hopes W.W. Francis will be here before long.


Date: 
August 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler is longing to see Thayer. Asks if Longscope has come over. Love to the latter, to Boggs and to Finney. They are busy but unhappy (Revere's death). They have stood the year better than could have expected. Mentions his visit at the Heart Hospital in Colchester. Suggests he use Gordon Sanders at Cannes. Kind comments on the latter. Civilities.


Date: 
August 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler sends the Radcliffe book to Malloch, which he hopes will interest him. He has just had two days at Colchester. He hopes Bill will get over to England before long. Osler asks Malloch to let him know when he is due over.


Date: 
August 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler sends the Radcliffe book to Malloch, which he hopes will interest him. He has just had two days at Colchester. He hopes Bill will get over to England before long. Osler asks Malloch to let him know when he is due over.


Date: 
(August 1918 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Crawfurd, Raymond
Abstract: 

Osler sends Crawfurd money with pleasure (for the improvement project of the boys library at Epsom Medical College by the addition of the most representative recent books in Natural History and General Literature). Will see on his return from holiday if he can pick out volumes from Revere's library.- Letter from Crawfurd to Cushing attached.


Date: 
August 31, 1918(?)
From: 
Lindsay, James A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Lindsay comments favourably on Osler's Ingersoll Lecture, "Science and Immortality." Lindsay expresses his own opinions on the topic of death and immortality. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
September 1, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Arrived at Oxford. Mentions some rare books that Osler has. Osler talked about James Hamilton, details on the latter's life, Osler wrote his obituary notice in Caniffs Physicians of Upper Canada. Strong has been there writing book on trench fever. Malloch saw old notebooks of Osler which contain lectures in Montreal, notes of questions asked of students at John Hopkins Hospital. He read the Bibliotheca Osleriana introduction. It mentions his last will concerning the catalogue if it is unfinished before he died. States that the work could be supervised by Gibson and Grace, Mackall, W.W. Francis and Malloch could see that his wishes were carried out. Comments on the writing style of Osler. The latter is very thin but cheery.


Date: 
September 2, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Mentions the books Osler lately got. Ramsay Wright went with them to Cliveden to see cases. Grace tells him of a plan to give Revere's books to establish English literary library at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Mentions their other project regarding the house : they are buying ground rent and will get it freehold. Christ Church will accept it and Osler want to leave it as a residence for the Regius Professor of Medicine. The University will have to endow the chair.


Date: 
September 3, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. They went to the Radcliffe to look about history of anaesthetics. Osler told them of Buller who wanted him to invest money in a wildcat scheme. Osler told them of James Hamilton who lost all his money in a scheme. Anecdote of an autopsy on case of Hodgkins' disease with Shearman in Montreal. Mentions that Osler works a little at the new edition of the textbook.


Date: 
September 4, 1918
From: 
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Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Mentions the book of Parkes Weber dedicated to Osler. Osler is to review book for Annals of History of Medicine. Rand of Harvard was there for lunch. The latter is interested in Locke. Osler said that Welch was born with hypertrophy of the heart. Comments on the College and F.R.C.S. exam which is a disgrace. Mentions Osler's letter to the Lancet. Norman Moore would have to give up the power. Mentions N.M. the first Royal C. President since reformation. Cunliffe was here for tea and talked about postgraduate work for all kinds of students in Europe. Suggestion for his case cards. Grace told him of one of Osler's jokes on Jack Heweston.


Date: 
September 5, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Davison, Wilburt Cornell
Abstract: 

Osler asks Davison for news of Bobbie Emmons who has not been well. Dreyer is back very enthusiastic about his trip in America. Scarcely a day passes without a visit from American or Canadian doctor. The hospitals are getting well organized. Impressed by the laboratory. Interesting cases at the Radcliffe. Cliveden is full. Mentions Lady Astor having another baby. Asks where Penfield is.


Date: 
September 5, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Cases at the Radcliffe.


Date: 
September 6, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Comments about a doctor Dewar and his wife. Osler relates an offer he received from Copeland and St. John who had a medical school in Chicago. American Army officers from Chicago came to dinner. Anecdote on Osler on the train where a Baptist parson told Osler about his aneurysm and Osler pretending he knew nothing of such things and not a medico. Mentions pirated textbook selling like hot cakes in a Liverpool bookseller's shop. He did not give himself away.


Date: 
September 6, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler asks Adami where Findley is. Would like to invite the latter with Meakins for a dinner at the Athenaeum. Asks Adami to join them. Would also invite Peterson and Falconer.


Date: 
September 7, 1918
From: 
Adami, John George
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

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.


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

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Cases at the Infirmary. Mentions an American lady doctor from close to Winchester. Osler will give an address there on the 21st. Osler said that the men in the British Association in Toronto said that Jacques Loeb is the best man to present a physiological problem or question. Osler is rather laughing at endocrinology.


Date: 
September 8, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Finley writes that he may not be able to come to Osler's dinner at the Athenaeum. Strong will probably be there and Meakins has accepted.


Date: 
September 8, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler is having reprints bound and gives them away in sets. Project to write an introduction telling of those things which he had hoped to do. Says that it is a marked sign of senility to make a bibliography. Mentions Jerome Green, Grant, Paton, Bronson Cutting, and Edgar Wells. Went to Merton Library where P.S. Allen showed them about. Advice that Bowditch gave once to Osler. Osler's opinion on seminaries of special libraries for laboratories are important. Glad that the USA is in the war. Osler working on the talk he will give at Shorncliffe on the medical profession.


Date: 
September 9, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note taken from the original, on the Lecture on the future of the medical profession delivered by Osler.


Date: 
September 9, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Malloch looked at Macray's "Annals of the Bodleian", and to Osler's notes in the back about Nicholson and his arithmomania. Notes that it is Osler who first suggested the Bodleian Quarterly Record. Osler gave him a photo of Jonathan Hutchinson. Osler went to Shorncliffe to talk about the future of the medical profession in Canada.


Date: 
September 9, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Hemmeter, John Cohn
Abstract: 

Osler asks Hemmeter if he has spare reprints of Pastor Tollin. Interested particularly in the one on Cesalpinus and on any of the Servetus ones. All well here. Mentions the Americans coming and going all the time.


Date: 
September 10, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Malloch talked with Miss Willcock (Osler's old vestal) about Osler's catalogue, what it represents to the students. Every item will bear mark of Osler's critical power.


Date: 
September 12, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Went to a dinner at the Athenaeum with Harvey Littlejohn, William Peterson, Robert Falconer, General Winter, Colonel Washburn, Finley, Adami, Sprigge, Perley and Williams.


Date: 
September 13, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Myers, Grace W.
Abstract: 

Osler offers Grace Myers encouragement about the War Library. Sends her copies of his remarks on the Morton papers. Mentions Washburn and the American Hospitals.


Date: 
September 13, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler and Malloch visited the manuscripts room of the British Museum. Comments on a caricature of Osler in a Toronto newspaper. Radin has written an article in Medical Pickwick for August 18 on "The Literary Flavor in the Writings of Sir William Osler". Mentions an article about Egerton Y. Davis "The relation of medical literature to professional esteem" by Bayard Holmes, reprints from editorials in Lancet-Clinic of 1915. Osler is amused by that. Mentions that he still uses the name occasionally. Osler spoke of duration of those with valvular lesions. Osler gave Malloch a reprint of introduction to Life of Pasteur.


Date: 
September 14, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler apologizes for inability to come. Today, he has to got to London to say goodbye to Page. Tomorrow, he has Billings, Philip King Brown and Seymour and has to go to Taplow. Mentions also the revision of his textbook to which the printers are anxious to get.

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