The Science of Lies
By (author) Thomas Szasz
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Psychiatry by Thomas Szasz
Book DescriptionFor more than half a century Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to a radical critique of psychiatry. His latest work, "Psychiatry: The Science of Lies", is a culmination of his life's work: to portray the integral role of deception in the history and practice of psychiatry.Szasz 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. Art historians and the legal system seek to distinguish forgeries from originals. Those concerned with medicine, on the other hand - physicians, patients, politicians, health insurance providers, and legal professionals - take the opposite stance when faced with the challenge of distinguishing everyday problems in living from bodily diseases, systematically authenticating nondiseases as diseases. The boundary between disease and nondisease - genuine and imitation, truth and falsehood - thus becomes arbitrary and uncertain.There is neither glory nor profit in correctly demarcating what counts as medical illness and medical healing from what does not. Individuals and families wishing to protect themselves from medically and politically authenticated charlatanry are left to their own intellectual and moral resources to make critical decisions about human dilemmas miscategorized as 'mental diseases' and about medicalized responses misidentified as 'psychiatric treatments.' Delivering his sophisticated analysis in lucid prose and with a sharp wit, Szasz continues to engage and challenge readers of all backgrounds.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815609100
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 13-Sep-2008
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.
Medicalization of Everyday Life, Paperback (November 2007)
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."
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's Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. His books include Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry, The Manufacture of Madness, Ideology, and Insanity, Ceremonial Chemistry, The Myth of Psychotherapy, and Pharmacracy, all published by Syracuse University Press.
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