The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement

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Syracuse University Press, 1997 - Medical - 383 pages
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Every age, Thomas Szasz maintains, has its methods of labeling others to assign them a particular fate; the witch and the heretic were consigned to fire, for example. In the twentieth century, however, the priest has been replaced by the psychiatrist, the infidel by the patient; only the way in which the victims differ from society at large with its ensuing punishment (all for the good of society, then, as now) is different. Indeed, Szasz makes it clear that medicine is if anything a more insidious tyrant than religion because it purports to be beneficial to the patient as well as the commonwealth.

"Of the thousands of books published each year in the United States, only a small proportion represents a significant contribution to the advancement of man's understanding of man. In my opinion, The Method of Madness is one of those rare books". -- American Sociological Review

  

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Review: The Manufacture of Madness

User Review  - Joseph Newton - Goodreads

Interesting study of the role of the scapegoat in society across time and space. The author's central argument is that the inquisition never ended, but morphed into what we know today as Institutional ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anthony - Goodreads

Fantastic and complex read. Read full review

Contents

The Malefactor Identified
28
The Malefactor Authenticated
42
The Defense of the Dominant Ethic
57
The Witch as Mental Patient
68
The Witch as Healer
82
The Witch as Scapegoat
95
The Myths of Witchcraft and Mental Illness
111
The Manufacture of Madness
135
The Product Conversionfrom Heresy to Illness
160
The New ProductMasturbatory Insanity
180
The Manufacture of Medical Stigma
207
The Model Psychiatric Scapegoatthe Homosexual
242
The Expulsion of Evil
260
The Struggle for SelfEsteem
276
for Witchcraft and Mental Illness
293
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About the author (1997)

Thomas Szasz was professor of psychiatry emeritus at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, Washington, DC. He was a big figure in the anti-psychitary movement, a critic of the moral and scientific foundation of psychiatry, and a critic of medicine in society in the social control aspect. His numerous works include The Age of Madness, Ideology and Insanity: Essays on the Psychiatric Dehumanization of Man, and Coercion as Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry.

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