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The hero of this novel is an uncompromising idealist physician, bred in the wilderness, but with city training. The reader infers—for it is not stated outright—that Holden, the healer, had become a morphin habitué, and to overcome this left the city and went back to the wilderness in the far [ill] He was unusually gifted for relieving the sick; he had great will-power, unusual compassion for humanity, and a personality that won the confidence of all. With these attributes, rather than with medicine, he attained great renown as a healer. In the course of events a rich, aristocratic family of New York went into this wilderness and established a summer residence. In this family was a beautiful girl, who, in an accident, had compression of the brain, which the healer relieved by an operation. Mutual love, ending in marriage, was the result. The new life had its romantic attractions for
The Healer.. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(1):56–57. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010058032