The Reporter

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The New York City newspaper editor was noted for his stern discipline, biting criticism of his reporters and all who crossed his path, and above all for his wordiness.

Once he addressed a reporter, who had written a story he disapproved of, in this wise:

"Sir, I am not going to criticize you for what you have written. On the other hand, I am profoundly sorry for you.

I have watched your work recently, and it is my opinion, reached after calm and dispassionate observation, that you are mentally unbalanced. You are insane. Your mind is a wreck. Your friends should take you in hand. The very kindest suggestion I can make is that you visit an alienist and place yourself under treatment.

So far you have shown no sign of violence, but what the future holds for you no one can tell. I say this in all kindness and frankness. You are discharged."

The reporter, clearly shaken but not yet a broken man, wandered up to Bellevue Hospital, then as now known throughout the great city for its treatment of the mentally perplexed.

There he visited the psychiatrist in charge and asked to be examined. After receiving a clean bill, he asked for a certificate to the effect that he was perfectly sane, which was forthcoming.

Whereupon the man returned to the newspaper office, confronted the editor, handed him the certificate silently, and then blurted out:

"Now you go get one ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine."

- Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), US psychiatrist