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Reflections on September 11
Psychiatric News
Volume 37 Number 19 page 6-6
Anchor for JumpAnchor for JumpAfter the Board of Trustees observed a moment of silence at its meeting on September 11 in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon one year earlier, former APA president Joseph T. English, M.D., reflected on what the country learned in the short time since those tragic events.

English, who is chair of the psychiatry department at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in lower Manhattan and professor and chair of psychiatry and associate dean at New York Medical College, characterized September 11, 2001, as "a day when our country learned of its vulnerability."

"Our vulnerability was but the first lesson of that terrible day," he said. "We were soon to witness the heroic acts of our police and firemen, our ordinary citizens, and a mayor who, the day before, was New York’s mayor, but on that day became the world’s mayor.

"And what this Board shall do, after these few minutes of reflection, is to return to its work as the governance of a profession, founded by Benjamin Rush, who risked all in signing the Declaration of Independence and who dedicated his life to the pursuit of liberty—liberty from the tyranny of a king and from the chains and stigma of mental illness."

Anchor for JumpAnchor for JumpAfter the Board of Trustees observed a moment of silence at its meeting on September 11 in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon one year earlier, former APA president Joseph T. English, M.D., reflected on what the country learned in the short time since those tragic events.

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