The Medicalization of Everyday Life
By (author) Thomas Szasz
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Medicalization of Everyday Life by Thomas Szasz
Book DescriptionDefining "medicalization" as the perception of nonmedical conditions as medical problems and nondiseases as diseases, Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to exposing the dangers of "medicalizing" the conditions of some who simply refuse to conform to society's expectations. Szasz argues that modern psychiatry's tireless ambition to explain the human condition has led to the treatment of life's difficulties and oddities as clinical illnesses rather than as humanity revealed in its fullness. This collection of impassioned essays, published between 1973 and 2006, chronicles the author's long campaign against the orthodoxies of psychiatry. From "Medicine to Magic" to "Medicine as Social Control," the book delves into the fascinating history of medicalization, including "The Discovery of Drug Addiction," "Persecutions for Witchcraft and Drugcraft," and "Food Abuse and Foodaholism." In a society that has little tolerance for those who live outside its rules, Dr. Szasz's writings are as relevant today as ever.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815608677
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2007
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.
Pharmacracy, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Thomas Szasz
Thomas Szasz argues that the modern penchant for transforming human problems into "diseases" and judicial sanctions into "treatments", replacing the rule of law with the rule of medical discretion, leads to a type of government he calls "pharmacracy", eroding personal freedom and dignity.
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Author Biography - Thomas Szasz
Thomas Szasz is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York. His books include Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry. The Manufacture of Madness, Ideology and Insanity, Our Right to Drugs, The Myth of Psychotherapy, and Pharmacracy, all published by Syracuse University Press.
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