By (author) Thomas Szasz
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Psychiatric Slavery by Thomas Szasz
Book DescriptionRe-examining psychiatric interventions from a cultural-historical and political-economic perspective, Szasz demonstrates that the main problem that faces mental health policymakers today is adult dependency. Millions of Americans, diagnosed as mentally ill, are drugged and confined by doctors for non-criminal conduct, go legally unpunished for the crimes they commit, and are supported by the state - not because they are sick, but because they are unproductive and unwanted. Obsessed with the twin beliefs that misbehaviour is a medical disorder and that the duty of the state is to protect adults from themselves, we have replaced criminal-punitive sentences with civil-therapeutic programmes. The result is the relentless loss of individual liberty and erosion of personal responsibility - symptoms of the transformation of a Constitutional Republic into a Therapeutic State, unconstrained by the rule of law.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815605119
(229mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-1998
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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