Source: Therapeutic Monthly
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: “The Death of the President”
Date of publication: September 1901
Volume number: 1
Issue number: 5
|“The Death of the President.” Therapeutic Monthly Sept. 1901 v1n5: p. 151.|
|McKinley assassination (personal response); anarchism (personal response); anarchism (dealing with).|
The Death of the President
The death of President McKinley has plunged the
entire Republic deep in sorrow. The assassination in its startling suddenness
came like a bolt from the blue. Peace, Prosperity and Plenty is not an alliteration
which breeds disciples of anarchy. Our country, laden with the fruits of the
fertile soil, listening to the noisy hum of the huge manufactories, all betokening
an era of commercial solidity, may well be astounded at this dastard’s deed.
It is but fitting that as medical men we do our part to study well the mental conditon [sic] of the anarchist and devise, as far as in us lies, the means of eradication which the whole civilized world demands. Alienists in our ranks owe a debt to man. All mental cases which approach such conditions as would inspire assassination must be recognized, and, being early recognized, preventive medicine once again may assert its advantages over treatment of whatever sort when the deed is done.
We must demand stringent legislation, wisely conceived and intelligently executed. Anarchy, the plague of social life, must find no fit soil for development. In a healthy mind such infection is not possible. The unhealthy minds are, in part at least, under our hands for treatment. May God guide our hands!