Psychiatry: The Science of Lies

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Syracuse University Press, 2008 - Medical - 148 pages
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"For 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."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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"[F]actual error validated as Doctrinal Truth is essential for the survival of organizations whose aim is to satisfy man's unquenchable thirst to be relieved of the burden of moral responsibility." A ... Read full review

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After decades of debunking the excesses of psychiatry, does Thomas Szasz have anything new to say? Unlike with Alice Miller or the late Albert Ellis, both of whom tend (tended, in Ellis' case) to keep ... Read full review

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Thomas Szasz is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York's Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

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