Publisher Information: Baltimore: 1904.
Osler, William (1849-1919). Typed letter signed to Edward Osgood Otis (1848-1933). 1 page. Baltimore, 23 November 1904. 162 x 231 mm. Creased where previously folded, but very good to fine otherwise. Docketed in Otis’s hand on the verso. With: Otis, Edward Osgood. Nine pamphlets on tuberculosis (complete list available). 1893-1906.
Letter touching on Osler’s involvement with the growing nationwide campaign against tuberculosis that led to the foundation of the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (now the American Lung Association) in 1904. The recipient was Edward O. Otis, a pulmonary specialist and one of the original members of the Association. The letter reads:
"At the meeting of our Board of Directors, it was quite evident that, with the exception of our president, Dr. Trudeau, none of us had done very much. (either to get money or members for our National Association). If it is to be a great success, we must individually try to get as many members in, and out of the profession, and urge our wealthy friends to help with liberal contributions. Mrs. Colby, the assistant secretary, will furnish you with a circular before long, which you could enclose to your correspondents. The sub-committee in charge of the arrangements for the annual meeting, meets withing the next ten days. Do let me have any suggestions from you."
“Dr. Trudeau” refers to Edward L. Trudeau (1848-1915), president of the Association and founder of the Saranac Laboratory for the Study of Tuberculosis (now the Trudeau Institute), the first laboratory of its kind in the US. Cushing, Life of Osler, pp. 620-628.Book Id: 45614