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Source: Medical Herald
Source type: journal
Document type: public address
Document title: “Paranoia”
Author(s): Aikin, Joseph M.
Date of publication: July 1908
Volume number: 27
Issue number: 7
Pagination: 300-06 (excerpt below includes only page 302)

Aikin, Joseph M. “Paranoia.” Medical Herald July 1908 v27n7: pp. 300-06.
assassinations (comparison); Leon Czolgosz (compared with Charles J. Guiteau); Leon Czolgosz (mental health).
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; James A. Garfield; Charles J. Guiteau; William McKinley; Harry K. Thaw; Stanford White.
“Papers Read at the Semi-Annual Meeting Held in Lincoln, Neb., March 19, 20, 1908” (p. 297).

About the author (p. 300): Joseph M. Aikin, M. D., Omaha, Neb.


Paranoia [excerpt]

     When the vanity of Guiteau was offended by the refusal of an office, he shot James A. Garfield. Ten years later our beloved McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz. More recently we see how a congenital defect born to luxury and unrestrained license in gratifying his every wish evolved an idea that compelled Harry K. Thaw to murder Stanford White. It is far from me to condone the acts of these and similar criminals, or mitigate their punishment, yet who can show that their atrocious deeds, the rightfulness of which convinces none but the authors, were not the logical consummation of some prenatal defect. The clinical course of the ambitious type is best seen under three sub-types: Social reformers, religious zealots and erotomaniacs.



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