Ideology and Insanity: Essays on the Psychiatric Dehumanization of Man

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Syracuse University Press, Apr 1, 1991 - Medical - 286 pages
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This book is a collection of the earliest essays of Thomas Szasz, in which he staked out his position on “the nature, scope, methods, and values of psychiatry.” On each of these issues, he opposed the official position of the psychiatric profession. Where conventional psychiatrists saw themselves diagnosing and treating mental illness, Szasz saw them stigmatizing and controlling persons; where they saw hospitals, Szasz saw prisons; where they saw courageous professional advocacy of individualism and freedom, Szasz saw craven support of collectivism and oppression.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION I
1
THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS I
12
THE MENTAL HEALTH ETHIC
25
THE RHETORIC OF REJECTION
49
MENTAL HEALTH AS IDEOLOGY
69
WHAT PSYCHIATRY
79
BOOTLEGGING HUMANISTIC VALUES
87
THE INSANITY PLEA AND
98
IO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
140
PSYCHIATRY THE STATE
167
PSYCHIATRIC CLASSIFICATION AS A STRATEGY
190
WHITHER PSYCHIATRY?
218
INDEX
247
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Thomas Szasz was 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, Ceremonial Chemistry, The Myth of Psychotherapy, and Pharmacracy, all published by Syracuse University Press.

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