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October 1961

In Flanders Fields: With an Essay in Character by Sir Andrew Macphail

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(4):655. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620100147033

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Whether contributions to North American medicine have been disproportionally large from Canadians is a question I shall not try to answer; but there have been many notable contributors, the foremost in the tradition of William Osler being connected in one way or another with Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School. John McCrae and Thomas McCrae are distinguished members in the tradition of outstanding Canadian physicians. Besides his great capacity as physician, John McCrae had distinction as a classical scholar, a humorist, and a poet. In certain respects his poem "In Flanders Fields" along with Alan Seeger's "Rendezvous with Death" have summed up a large measure of the Western philosophy of World War I. It was a response to my review of the story of the Osler family entitled Lions in the Way and renewed correspondence that stimulated Dr. Maclachlan of Pittsburgh to send me a copy of this book, long

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