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Autograph Letter, Signed, to Mrs. Reed (November 7, 1925) about Cushing’s recently published The Life of Sir William Osler.

CUSHING, Harvey [OSLER, William] 3 pp. Very Good. Letterhead: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. "Your stirring--there is no other word for it--letter of October 6th has just been read and calls for a prompt answer. You would have had one sooner were it not that I have been away for the past month in England where, I may add, I would have seen your brother Donald had it not been that I was laid low with a bad bronchitis caught north of the Tweed. But this should be about your letter not about my ailments which are much better I find since the reading of it. In fact you cheer me greatly. That the narrative strung out in those two fat volumes should have called for such a delightful letter from you shows, more than could anything else, that the long labor of writing the biography has not been wholly in vain. I am so amused by your calling up Dr. Shepherd to ask who it was on p. 201. I'm quite overwhelmed by what you say--or imply--that I caught the color of the early days. Gracious! I had little enough to go on. And you from Cobourg [Ontario, Canada]! And Minnie Johnson your girl friend! No, I never got any trace of her, though the Rev. J. B. Johnson helped me more than anyone by sending his father's diaries. Some one should write Father Johnson's 'Life—and Bovells. Thanks dear Mrs. Reed for your letter. I appreciate it greatly. And I am much set up by reading your brother's kind words. Sincerely yours, Harvey Cushing."
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An Account of Certain Organisms Occurring in the Liquor Sanguinis. ” From the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, no. 153 [Vol. 22], 1874, pp. 391-98 + plate. INSCRIBED BY WILLIAM OSLER.

OSLER, WILLIAM pp. 391-98. Plain wrappers, stitched. Spine split. Rear wrapper chipped along spine. Vertical crease. Hand-titled in ink on front wrapper. Pencilling in margins. Good First Edition. INSCRIBED BY WILLIAM OSLER: "With the Authors/ kind regards." Golden & Roland 5. "His laboratory notebook indicates that in June he had started on a new quest, for beginning with the date 14/6/73 the entries are accompanied by drawings labelled 'Colourless elements of my blood'. . . . These studies occupied his time from June to October, and this summer's work was the basis of his first and possibly his most important contribution to knowledge. Though a few previous investigators had observed these bodies, which came to be called blood platelets . . . they had never before been so thoroughly studied, and none of his predecessors had actually seen them in the circulating blood. The observations, which had been conducted with great originality and been carefully described, were assembled the next spring on his return from the Continent, when Sanderson presented them before the Royal Society [as published here]. The most important fact brought out by the study, and which was quite novel, was that these 'elementary particles' as they were called, are discrete in the circulating blood and never clumped, as is always the case after blood is drawn; Osler's figure showing them within a small vein is still in use in text-books of histology" (Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler, I, pp. 104-05 and 119). Garrison Morton 875: "One of the best early descriptions of the blood platelets was given by Osler. He noticed that white thrombi were almost entirely composed of them." Wintrobe, Blood, Pure and Eloquent, pp. 551-52.
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Consecratio Medici and Other Papers. INSCRIBED BY HARVEY CUSHING

CUSHING, Harvey [PUTNAM, Tracy] 3 leaves, 276 pp. Original cloth. Very Good. First Edition. INSCRIBED BY HARVEY CUSHING TO TRACY PUTNAM: "With Christmas greetings to/ Irma and Tracy Putnam/ from H.C./ 1928." Cushing Bibliography no. 15. Reprints 14 essays by Cushing. Fulton, Harvey Cushing, pp. 561-63. Fulton's references to Tracy Putnam in the biography of Harvey Cushing: pp. 506-07: Chevalier Jackson impersonation. Fulton recounts the amusing episode in 1924 when HC asked his then-resident Tracy Putnam to impersonate Chevalier Jackson, who was giving an after-dinner talk to the Harvard Medical Society, but refused to attend the dinner. As Chevalier Jackson had a beard, Putnam had to wear a fake beard and attend the dinner as Jackson. Some attendees were definitely fooled, at least during the dinner, before they saw the real Chevalier Jackson give his talk after the dinner. p. 523: Putnam's "important paper" on chronic subdural hematoma. p. 525: Putnam as Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow in charge of the Laboratory of Surgical Research. p. 532: dinner for 60th birthday of neurologist E. Wyllys Taylor. Stanley Cobb and Tracy Putnam were in charge of a "masque to brighten up the occasion: this turned out to be a slight boomerang as far as H.C. was concerned, for the masque consisted of a mock honorary degree ceremony with Bronson Crothers, 'Sir' Henry Viets, Harvey Cushing, and James Ayer as the victims". Fulton gives full details of the degree citation for H.C. at this dinner. p. 543: footnote: a paper by Sosman and Putnam on meningiomas. p. 553: Harvard Medical Society meeting in 1927 where Putnam spoke on the effects of anterior pituitary extract on growth in rats and dogs. p. 559: entertainment at the Brigham 15th anniversary celebration in 1928. HC writes to Stanley Cobb, who was travelling in Germany: "Perhaps the best part of the whole meeting was the show which was staged. Tracy, I judge, was the stage manager and it was altogether A-1". Fulton quotes the details of the show. p. 565: Harvard Medical Society meeting in 1928 with talk on work on growth hormones of the pituitary. p. 608: 1931 International Neurological Congress in Berne, Switzerland; dinner organized by HC so his students, including Putnam, could meet HC's "masters" such as Sherrington, Welch, etc. Fulton lists names and place card seating arrangement. p. 618: 1932 formation of the Harvey Cushing Society; Putnam was named Secretary. Fulton quotes what HC wrote to Putnam after the first meeting of the new Society. The photo section IN Fulton’s biography after p. 612 includes a photo of the members at this first meeting; Putnam is seated on the ground, second from the right.
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The Ages of Man. SIGNED BY WILLIAM OSLER

SAYLE, Charles [OSLER, William] xv, 175, [1] pp, with frontispiece. Original cloth. Small tears at top & bottom of spine. Very Good. First Edition. SIGNED BY WILLIAM OSLER: "With Xmas greetings/ from/ Wm Osler/ 1916." In his Preface (p. vii), Sayle thanks Osler for his encouragement. Sayle offers quotations for each year of life, quoting from Osler's "The Fixed Period" for the age 60 (pp. 83-84): "My second fixed idea is the uselessness of men above sixty years of age, and the incalculable benefit it would be in commercial, political, and in professional life, if as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age. . . ." Osler's "The Fixed Period" is also cited in a footnote for age 115 and Hermippus. Sayle's citation of Aequanimitas (1904) is incorrect, as Osler delivered the talk on February 22, 1905. It was reprinted in the second edition, 1906, of Aequanimitas (Golden & Roland 1179 and 1477). In a letter to Sayle in November 1916, Osler writes: "I send books at Xmas to about 100 of my old students, and this year I have selected your 'Ages' & the just-issued edition (trans.) of Galen's 'Natural Faculties'. Do not bother please--I can get them through ordinary channels" (Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler, II: 545). One of the copies was sent to J. Collins Warren to whom Osler wrote on December 4, 1916: "I have sent you an anthology of the Ages of Man, written by a friend, in which you may be interested. For 60, he has taken my rude remarks. Heavens! that was a long time ago!" (Cushing, ibid., II: 547). Sayle's book was kept by Osler for his own library: Bibliotheca Osleriana 5421. Sayle was an important figure in the initial stages of Osler's conception of the catalogue of his own library, as Cushing notes: "It would appear that the idea of the Bibliotheca Osleriana must have taken form while he [Osler] was browsing in the Pepys Library during this Cambridge visit. Mr. Charles Sayle of the Cambridge University Library, of whom he saw much at this time, became interested in the project, and they had many a subsequent exchange of visits in Oxford and Cambridge, during the course of which the plan of a 'Bibliotheca Prima', 'Bibliotheca Secunda', and so on, came to be crystallized. And innumerable letters on the subject during the coming months passed between the two (Cushing, ibid., II: 417)." More from Cushing about Sayle's role in the Bibliotheca Osleriana: II: 531 (1916): Osler writes to Sayle "The B. prima grows--in mind & in shelves." II: 571: (June-July 1917) "the following laconic messages are among many that passed to Charles Sayle of the University of Cambridge Library. 'When are you coming to pay us a visit and inspect the B.O.' II: 613 (August 1918): "While in Cambridge he stayed with Charles Sayle, and there must have been much talk about Bibliotheca Osleriana, some of the volumes in which show traces of this Cambridge visit. . . . His book purchases, indeed, as the late Charles Sayle recalled, left him so out of pocket that he had barely enough to buy this ticket home."
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On the Nature of Limbs. A Discourse Delivered on Friday, February 9, at an Evening Meeting of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. FIRST EDITION.

OWEN, Richard Frontispiece, title page, 119 pp; 11 figs.; 2 folding plates; 8-page of publisher's ads tipped in at front (dated March 1850). Original cloth. Very Good. First Edition. "Owen began working systematically on problems of transcendental morphology in 1841, as part of his curatorial task to arrange the osteological collection of the Hunterian Museum. The osteological work was not published until 1853, but in the intervening years various spin-offs of this basic museum work appeared in print. . . . Owen extracted from the catalogue work his comprehensive account of transcendental osteology which he presented to the British Association in the form of a major report (1846); it was enormously detailed, densely packed with specifics, loaded with technical terms, and tedious to read. This report, with some additions, was published in book form under the title On the Archetype and Homologies of the Vertebrate Skeleton (1848). The following year, 1849, Owen expanded upon some parts of his BAAS Report in a lecture at the Royal Institution, published as On the Nature of Limbs. It was less overloaded with anatomical detail and nomenclature than his report, and more accessible to a wider audience" (Rupke, Richard Owen Victorian Naturalist, pp. 163-64). In his own copy of Owen's book Darwin wrote: "I look at Owen's Archetypus as more than ideal, as a real representation as far as the most consummate skill & loftiest generalizations can represent the present form of the Vertebrata--I follow him that there is a created archetype, the parents of its class" (DiGregorio, Charles Darwin's Marginalia, Volume I, 655).
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The Gold-Headed Cane. FIRST EDITION. SIGNED BY WILLIAM OSLER.

MACMICHAEL, William] [OSLER, William] 4 leaves, 179, [1] pp; illus. Top edge gilt. Later 3/4-leather. Front joint cracked. Faint, thin stain along bottom 1" of side margin through p. 30. Lightly foxed. Very Good. First Edition. SIGNED BY WILLIAM OSLER: "Campbell Howard/ from/ Wm Osler/ Oxford/ June 20th 1906." "Osler cheerfully acted as replacement dad to anyone else who seemed to need it, and he was particularly close to the children whom his own mentor, Palmer Howard, had fathered during a second marriage. After the death of their parents, Marjorie and Campbell Howard found loving substitutes in 'Doccie O' and 'Aunt Grace'. 'I should like to stand to you in the same relation your father did to me,' he wrote to Campbell, for whom he was godfather, in 1897. He had guided Campbell through medical school at McGill, brought him to Hopkins as a resident, advised him on presenting and publishing papers, and enthusiastically supported a move back to McGill" (Bliss, William Osler, p. 340). Garrison-Morton 6709: "This charming 'autobiography' tells of the adventures of the famous gold-headed cane, successively in possession of Radcliffe, Mead, Askew, William and David Pitcairn, and Baillie, and then retired to a glass case in the library of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Besides good biographies of the several owners of the cane, the book gives interesting information on the condition of medicine in England in the 18th century." Osler 6717. Norman 1409. Heirs of Hippocrates 1397. In 1915 William Osler prepared his own edition of the Gold-Headed Cane. "In his Introduction . . . Sir William Osler records his approval of a new issue of Macmichael's work, and, in a few brief paragraphs, touches on the salient characteristics of each of the owners of the Cane. . . . Packard's edition is unique in three respects: It is the first one to furnish a biographical sketch of Macmichael; it is the first one to offer a complete (short-title) bibliography of Macmichael's works; and it is the first one to bear the name of William Macmichael on the title-page" (Herbert Spencer Robinson, Introduction to the sixth edition of the Gold-Headed Cane, which Robinson edited, Froben Press, 1932, p. xxv). Cushing writes of Osler in relation to the holders of the Gold-Headed Cane: "Osler himself in his make-up was a sort of twentieth century edition of these six mean rolled into one--though with less of Radcliffe perhaps than of the others; and of Richard Mead more. Samuel Johnson once said of Mead that he lived more in the broad sunshine of life than any man he knew; Osler's nature, likewise, had a southern exposure. He shared, too, with Mead and Askew their love of rare books, and like them also was the kind of collector who made his books accessible to others--qualities not always possessed by bibliophiles. What Austin Dobson said of Mead, that 'neither the princely Grolier nor the unparalleled Peiresc could have made a more unselfish use of their possessions', might equally well be said of William Osler" (Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler, Vol. II, pp. 39-40).