HEROES: Wilson's Infirmity

Far more fashionable nowadays than discovering blots on the scutcheons of heroes is the psychologist practice of explaining, with cool "scientific" detachment, how heroic eccentricities and even genius were conditioned by the physiology of the case.

Currently published is a book called The Psychology of Happiness by Professor Walter B. Pitkin of Columbia University.* Therein it is stated that Woodrow Wilson had, from childhood, "a constitutional infirmity which he struggled to hide and did hide with such cunning the world never suspected it." This was "the first—and perhaps most poisonous—virus...

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