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This book consists of a collection of the poems written by the late Dr. James Newton Matthews, with a foreword by James Whitcomb Riley, Matthews' close personal friend.
Dr. Matthews was the son of one of the prominent early medical men of Illinois and was himself a busy country practitioner up to his death, in 1910, subsequent to long and exhausting rides over country roads, caring for the sick. His poems breathe of the country and the sky, the woods and the flowers, of rivers and prairies. They also bear witness to a deep insight into and sympathy with human feelings and suffering, such as comes from the experience of a general practitioner of medicine. Some of the poems have direct medical interest, and all will appeal to those who care for the liner things in literature. The merit in Dr. Matthews' writings has been appreciated by the literary world,
The Lute of Life.. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(15):1141. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040157038