The Myth of Mental Illness Revised Edition

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Harper Collins, 1974 - Psychology - 297 pages
13 Reviews
A classic work that has revolutionized thinking throughout the Western world about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. "Bold and often brilliant."--Science
  

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Review: The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct

User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

I enjoyed the dickens out of this book. It reads fast, and is an easy skim if you are not interested in all of the historical french medical literature. This is a lucidly written critique of medical ... Read full review

Review: The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct

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An important book. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Part
15
Illness and Counterfeit Illness
32
The Social Context of Medical Practice
48
an example of the myth
70
Hysteria and Psychosomatic Medicine
80
Contemporary Views of Hysteria and Mental Illness
94
SEMIOT1CAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR
107
The Ethics of Helplessness and Helpfulness
162
Theology Witchcraft and Hysteria
181
GAMEMODEL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR
199
Hysteria as a Game
213
Impersonation and Illness
231
The Ethics of Psychiatry
250
References
269
Bibliography
281

8 Hysteria as Communication
125
RULEFOLLOWING ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR
148
Index
291
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About the author (1974)

Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York in Syracuse, where he has taught since 1956.

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