Harmony Among the President’s Doctors
The vicious extremes
to which yellow journalism can go in this country were well shown
last week in the attempt made by more than one New York newspaper
of that stamp to stir up strife among the surgeons in President
McKinley’s case. It was currently reported in Buffalo a few days
ago that a representative of one of these newspapers had openly
declared that his paper was in possession of “interesting” facts
relating to the subject, and that these facts would make splendid
sensational matter now that the immediate excitement over the President’s
case had subsided. Anything more characteristic could not be conceived.
It might be supposed that yellow journalism were sufficiently under
a cloud already because of its ribaldry toward the late President,
and that as a mere matter of self-preserveation [sic] it
would elect to lie low.
We are happy to be able to state on
the direct authority of Dr. Mann in a personal interview (supplementing
what the whole staff had just said over their own signatures) that
the most complete harmony prevailed all through the progress of
the case. It is indeed a cause for congratulation that in a case
so fraught with national sorrow, the bearing of all the physicians
and surgeons has been a fine example of the force of professional
esprit and tradition.