The collection is built around two sets of letters: 1. Twenty original letters from William Osler, M.D. to Howard Atwood Kelly,
M.D., dated 1897-1917, plus the notes and materials Dr. Goodwin used to write an article for the "Bulletin of the History
of Medicine" (20(5): 611-652, Dec. 1946) on the relationship between Osler and Kelly and correspondence pertaining to that
article before and after its publication. 2. Transcriptions of many letters from Osler to Henry Barton Jacobs, M.D., dated
1893-1919, and extensive notes made by Dr. Goodwin who probably intended to publish an article based upon this correspondence.
Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet (1849–1919) has been called the Father of Modern Medicine and his influence on medical education
and practice is still huge. He was a person of great charm, energy, and wide intellectual interests, who excelled as physician,
teacher, bibliophile, and author. Canadian born, he received an M.D. from McGill University, Montreal, and taught there for
10 years. His career continued as Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, then first Chief
of Staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and finally Regius
Chair of Medicine at Oxford University. Throughout his life Osler was known to write a large number of notes and letters to
his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
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