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Antipsychiatry: Quackery Squared

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by Thomas Szasz
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Antipsychiatry: Quackery Squared by Thomas Szasz

More than fifty years ago, Thomas Szasz showed that the concept of mental illness-a disease of the mind-is an oxymoron, a metaphor, a myth. Disease, in the medical sense, affects only the body. He also demonstrated that civil commitment and the insanity defense, the paradigmatic practices of psychiatry, are incompatible with the political values of personal responsibility and individual liberty. The psychiatric establishment's rejection of Szasz's critique posed no danger to his work: its defense of coercions and excuses as "therapy" supported his argument regarding the metaphorical nature of mental illness and the transparent immorality of brutal psychiatric control masquerading as humane medical care.

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Size: 1.1 MB
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Date published:   2009
ISBN: 9780815651314 (DRM-PDF)

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Nonfiction > Medical > Psychiatry
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