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Letters sent to McCrae, Thomas


Date: 
November 24, 1903
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler has had to limit his workload and has had to give up the Lea proposal. He would like to keep McCrae on at the Hospital in Therapeutics. Additional notes by McCrae.


Date: 
August 5, 1904
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler did not have the heart earlier to tell McCrae that he accepted the Regius Professorship of Medicine at Oxford. Osler is sad to leave Baltimore and all his men behind, but he looks forward to a quieter life. Osler asks McCrae to keep this news secret until the public announcement has been made.


Date: 
January 28, 1905
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Confidential letter in which Osler asks McCrae to say who he would choose to be Osler's successor.


Date: 
June 14, 1905
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes about a lunch she had at the Carlton with the four professors (who were sitting for the Sargent's portrait). She relates an anecdote where Osler tried to make Kelly drink alcohol but Kelly refused because he was giving temperance lectures.


Date: 
July 21, 1905
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

The Oslers are going to Cowes with Mr. W. Johnston of Liverpool, on his yacht. They are also waiting to get a date for a visit at the Phipps and that they are planning to go to the French Coast.


Date: 
August 23, 1905
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

News from the Oslers' trip in the Highlands. Mention of the Phipps' hard time (this refers to the shooting of some keepers by one of Mr. Phipps's sons). Itinerary of their trip : Beaufort, Skye, Kyleakin, Oban, Edinburgh. They will be back in Oxford by September 7th.


Date: 
October 17, 1905
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler has gone to Norwich for the unveiling of Sir Thomas Browne's statue. She sends the Pall Mall Gazette, which includes an account of Osler's lecture at Guy's. She mentions Dr. Shadwell, who has been elected at Oriel College. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
(February 9, 1906 ?)
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Extract of a letter. Lady Osler had received a telegram from Osler at Queenstown saying that he had had a splendid voyage. Revere and she arrived at Liverpool from America. There is a note from Cushing's secretary saying that she guessed the year of the letter and suggest that the Osler crossed on different steamers.


Date: 
March 2, 1906
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

The introduction is not ready (rf. the System). Technical indications on the place of the general introduction in other Systems. Osler thinks that they should do the same not to give the impression that their System gives a consideration at once of the special diseases. The printing can go ahead.


Date: 
September 3, 1906
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Extract of a letter. Lady Osler mentions that they are staying with the Howards, in the island owned by Lord Strathcona. She absolutely wishes to spend Christmastime in America or Canada. The Osler's will go to Aberdeen on the 24th for the University Quater-Centenary. They will stay with the Finleys.


Date: 
January 2, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler had written to Holmes and to Buzzard about the spinal nerve roots and the caudo-equina. He mentions that he was afraid that Maude Abbott was preparing a huge monograph. He deplores the delay in the printing of their book. He mentions that he excuses Gibson who had been busy with the re-organization of the Pathological Laboratory. McCrae can expect the manuscript for February 1st. He would like to get out two or three volumes this year. Positive comments on the Tuberculosis section and on all the papers. Civilities.


Date: 
January 15, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

The Oslers had a good trip back. Osler complains about the workmen in the house. He is pleased by the prospects of the System. He does not agree with the name Modern Medicine for the book; he wonders who chose it. He would prefer " A System". He send McCrae titles. Civilities.


Date: 
February 16, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler is struggling with the introduction (for the System of Medicine). He suggests that they can print the introduction with roman pagination as in the case of von Ziemssen and Nothnagel. Osler has resigned to the name Modern Medicine, wants McCrae's name on the title page. He asks McCrae about the Mental Section. He complains about a cold, his secretary's problems, and the workmen in the house. He mentions that he enjoyed his visit to Edinburgh and the lecture for the students.


Date: 
March 1, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler will have the introduction off in a few days. He is mortified about his mental paresis about some things. He is glad that Billings will do the Hygiene and Preventive Diseases article. He will jog Thayer who is sure to be late. Osler wishes that McCrae would come back with him May 11th to take advantage of this nice time of the year. Very enthusiastic about his visit to Edinburgh. Garrod wants to have a final date for his material. Admiration for his job on the index. Civilities for Barker, Welch and the Majors.


Date: 
May 31, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Gibson is working on the heart section and Osler has advised Leas that it will be ready September 1st. He is working on the visceral syphilis and will send it to McCrae soon. The cerebral (syphilis) will be in the nervous system section. Osler is struggling to put Lord's and Babcock's articles in a separate section with tabes and general paralysis. Hope that young Henry will give his cases of which there have been three or four at the hospital of fatal vomiting. Civilities.


Date: 
August 27, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler reports that he is working every morning on Endocarditis.


Date: 
October 13, 1907
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Extract of Lady Osler's letter. Osler is expected from Dublin, where he and Lady Aberdeen have been discussing of tuberculosis.


Date: 
December 6, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Arrangements for "A System of Modern Medicine."


Date: 
December 20, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler received a cable from the Leas. They have to hurry. Gibson hopes to finish his manuscript within a fortnight. Osler had been examining in Cambridge and enjoyed it. Thinks that lymphatics might come in with circulation. It would be a short section. Osler refers McCrae to to Galen tertius's writing. The thymus should go in the ductless in Volume VI. He asks him about Volume IV. Civilities. Letter attached from McCrae.


Date: 
January 22, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

The Aneurysm section went off today; Osler and Gibson hope to send the balance in a week. McCrae can get out volume IV and V before July. Osler writes words of encouragement. He tells him to ask Welch for help. He sent the Endocarditis proof. High opinion of Maude Abbott's section. It will sell volume IV and the all System, and will be a sort of Welchean section for the next generation as the Stomach article is in Pepper. McCrae can add things to his paper. Cabot's and Price's section are very good. The proofs are remarkable.


Date: 
January 31, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Volume III is out in the English edition and looks well. Osler will send McCrae the balance of his manuscript within ten days. Gibson did not have time to give him much help. Volumes IV and V could be out before July. If Volumes VI and VII came out next year, it will be quite in time enough. Hopes he has good aneurysm pictures. The Thomas plates are in the article on Dilatation aneurysm. For the Endocarditis proof, he tried, in vain, to get some in the Richard Stern's book. Pick out x-ray illustrations from Baetjer.


Date: 
April 10, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler mentions his visit to Vienna. He returns the figures with legends. Shirres has giving up his section, asks Russel to do it, he already has written to him but asks McCrae to write to give details. Osler sends heart proofs with a few corrections. He comments on a fine program of the Interurban. He hopes to have a good meeting at Edinburgh. It is hard to stir the men up to much enthusiasm. Revere is well again, Miss Nichols is used up, but Revere is devoted to her. Civilities. P.S. Wants to have the date to settle sailing.


Date: 
May 12, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

It is useless to ask for manuscript for volume VII before October 1st. Osler cannot get the volume out before next Spring. He mentions that they had an explanation of the Holmes affair. They were corresponding with W. Gordon Holmes, a North London aurist while they wanted to get Gordon Holmes, md.( Miss Nichols's mistake). Finally, Holmes's manuscript is about ready. Osler hopes that McCrae will have printed volume IV by this time. Civilities.


Date: 
( ca May 1908)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Impossible to call for manuscripts of volume VII before October 1st. Publishers will never get volumes IV, V, VI out by January 1st. Osler asks McCrae if there is any date set for his wedding. He hopes to sail September 4th. Detailed explanations on the Gordon Holmes affair. They were corresponding with his homonyme, an aurist in North London. He will have to pay the latter. This is all Miss Nichols's mistake. Mentions that the invasion (visitors) is in full swing. Love to Welch and all the boys.


Date: 
January 31, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler asks McCrae to get the photos of Malarial Gangrene that he published 8 years ago. It could go under the diagnosis of Raynaud's disease. Osler references a picture of a child with multiple gangrene of arms and legs. He hopes he got the angeo-neurotic-oedema. He is finishing the erythromelalgia and sleroderma. Details on the diagnosis of Raynaud's disease. Hopes he did not cause delay. His section will not be more than 50 pages. Mentions that he could not go to Lyons and Montpellier because of his tonsillitis which continues. Sanders, the doctor in Cannes says it is possibly gouty. Will go at the Royal Hotel in Rome for a month from February 8th. Hopes to sail from Genoa on the 24th or the 25th.


Date: 
February 19, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler sends McCrae the schleroderma and erythromelalgia section. Charles Lea is here and Osler has consoled him. He is glad about the work they have done on the System, and hopes Welch is working at his article. Enjoys Rome but did not have time to see the Doctors yet. Will go with Machiafava to the Medical School. He comments on the book stores and on his buys. Mention of his visit to the Vatican Library with Bannister. He had out the oldest Hippocratic and Galen MSS, dated from the 11th century. Details on his itinerary in Italy. Will sail from Naples on April 21st on Canopic to Boston. Civilities. Note from McCrae about Osler's joking about the fact that McCrae was doing all the work for the System. Will stay at his place when in Baltimore.


Date: 
April 9, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler writes there there is not much to change on the proofs. It is no matter if he did not get the hereditary chart on angio-neurotic oedema. He thanks McCrae for the figures. It will be a good volume. Osler has been working on other articles. Rolleston is in despair about Welch. He asks McCrae to tell Welch that Arthur Gamgee died of pneumonia. There will be a fund raised to help his family. Will sail by the Adriatic and will be in New York on the 22nd. Details of his itinerary. Enjoyed his Winter. Revere has grown up. They miss Miss Nichols. Tries to get a literary secretary to help in historical work. Mentions that the System would have been a great but profitable task for McCrae. Civilities.


Date: 
October 11, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler asks about the progress on "A System of Modern Medicine." He is currently working on the Schorstein Lecture on Syphilis and Aneurism and a Tropical School Introductory lecture. He passes on marriage advice for Futcher.


Date: 
November 5, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Letter from Osler to McCrae discussing something that Osler does not have time to write for the System, being busy with the Tuberculosis Meeting. Suggests he get a cable address. Civilities.


Date: 
November 9, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Letter from Osler to McCrae discussing the term Sydenham's Chorea used by McCarthy in his section for the System. Osler would prefer to say Chorea. Glad that Southard is writing the abscess section. Civilities.

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