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May 10, 1919

IDENTITY OF THE POPPY IN FLANDERS FIELDS

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Philadelphia

JAMA. 1919;72(19):1387. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610190049023

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —The inquiry concerning the nature of the poppies in "Flanders Fields" leads me to call attention to the fact that these flowers have been a feature of the region for centuries, for Macaulay, in his History of England, in speaking of the battle-field of Landen (during the reign of William III of England), says: "The next summer the soil, fertilized by twenty thousand corpses, broke forth into millions of poppies. The traveler who, on the road from St. Tron to Tirlemont, saw that rich sheet of scarlet spreading from Landen to Neerwinden could hardly help fancying that the figurative prediction of the Hebrew prophet was literally accomplished; that the earth was disclosing her blood and refusing to cover the slain."

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