The Ethics and Politics of Suicide New edition
By (author) Thomas Szasz
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Fatal Freedom by Thomas Szasz
Book DescriptionThis is a defence of every individual's right to choose a voluntary death. By maintaining statutes that determine that voluntary death is not legal, Thomas Szasz believes that our society is forfeiting one of its basic freedoms and causing the psychiatric medical establishment to treat individuals in a manner that is disturbingly inhumane. Society's penchant for defining behaviour it terms objectionable as a disease has created a psychiatric establishment that exerts far too much influence over how and when we choose to die. In a compelling argument, which addresses the most significant ethical issues of our time, Szasz compares suicide to other practices that historically began as sins, became crimes, and then mental illnesses. This book answers some of the most significant ethical questions of our time: is suicide a volutary act of an act of mental illness? Should physicians be permitted to prevent it? Should they be authorized to abet it?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815607557
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas Szasz
Suicide Prohibition, Hardback (October 2011)
First in-depth examination and critique of contemporary anti-suicide policies that are based on the notion that voluntary death is a mental health problem, and systematically lays out the dehumanizing consequences of psychiatrizing suicide prevention.
Antipsychiatry, Hardback (September 2009)
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. In this book, he argues that his writings belong to neither psychiatry nor antipsychiatry. They stem from conceptual analysis, social-political criticism, and common sense.
Psychiatry, Hardback (September 2008)
Portrays the integral role of deception in the history and practice of psychiatry. This work argues that the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness stands in the same relationship to the diagnosis and treatment of bodily illness that the forgery of a painting does to the original masterpiece.
Medicalization of Everyday Life, Paperback (November 2007)» View all books by Thomas Szasz
A collection of essays that chronicles the author's long campaign against the orthodoxies of psychiatry. From "Medicine to Magic" to "Medicine as Social Control," this book delves into the history of medicalization, including "The Discovery of Drug Addiction," "Persecutions for Witchcraft and Drugcraft," and "Food Abuse and Foodaholism."
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