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Source: Alienist and Neurologist
Source type: journal
Document type: article
Document title: “Thaw and His Mental Status”
Author(s): Hughes, Charles Hamilton
Date of publication: May 1908
Volume number: 29
Issue number: 2
Pagination: 193-207 (excerpt below includes only pages 200-01)

 
Citation
Hughes, Charles Hamilton. “Thaw and His Mental Status.” Alienist and Neurologist May 1908 v29n2: pp. 193-207.
 
Transcription
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Keywords
Leon Czolgosz (mental health); assassinations (comparison).
 
Named persons
John Wilkes Booth; Leon Czolgosz; James A. Garfield; Joseph Grasset; Charles J. Guiteau; Andrew Jackson; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley.
 
Notes
From page 193: By C. H. Hughes, M. D., St. Louis. Professor of Psychiatry, etc., Med. Dept. Barnes University; Former Supt. Mo. State Insane Hospital, Member American Medico Psychological Society, Hon. Mem. Chicago Acad. Med., British Medico Psychological Society, Russian, etc. Mem. Many National and State Medical Societies, etc., etc.
 
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Thaw and His Mental Status [excerpt]

     The suicides of insanoids, so often lamented in communities are not infrequently self immolation benefits to self, to contemporary communities and to posterity, thus freed [f]rom the infliction of possible descendants similarly unfit for normal psychic life and its continuation through descending generations. Society should have security even against the possible and unexpected brain storms of certain of the so-called semi-insane and the semi-responsibles—the “demi fous et demi responsables” about which Grasset writes so well, these victims of demi peans de santi. The world should be [200][201] guarded against them in a protective manner though not always necessarily by insane asylum’s sequestration, against even the complete freedom procurable by writ of habeas corpus. An insanoid is not always the harmless crank he is regarded. He may pass at times and suddenly under the great and adverse brain strain to which too many of them are often subjected through their provocative vagaries of mind, into positive destructive insanity, as the insanoid paranoiac Guiteau did when he murdered President Garfield, and as the paranoid Czolgosz did when he sought and killed President McKinley, and as Booth probably was when he assassinated the revered immortal Lincoln, and the man in the tree before the White House who shot at President Jackson.

 

 


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