In his famous 1968 "I've been to the mountaintop" speech in support of the striking Memphis Sanitation Workers, Martin Luther King, Jr. made a reference to then-mayor Henry Loeb:
You know what happened the other day, and the press dealt only with the window-breaking. I read the articles. They very seldom got around to mentioning the fact that one thousand, three hundred sanitation workers are on strike, and that Memphis is not being fair to them, and that Mayor Loeb is in dire need of a doctor. They didn't get around to that.
Maybe I'm just being dense, but what did MLK mean by the phrase "Mayor Loeb is in dire need of a doctor"? Was the Mayor, in fact, physically unwell, and hence not capable of carrying out his responsibilities? Or was MLK perhaps implying that Loeb was mentally ill? I feel like I'm missing some contemporaneous context that would help me understand what this sentence means, especially in the context of the rest of the passage, which is about how media reports only on isolated incidents of vandalism and ignores the more important story. Why would Mayor Loeb's health have been part of that more important story?