Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry: An Inquiry Into the Social Uses of Mental Health Practices

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Syracuse University Press, 1989 - Law - 281 pages
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Contents

Introduction
1
What Is Mental Illness?
11
Disease or Derogation?
18
Classification in Psychiatry
24
Commitment of the Mentally 111
39
False Commitment
57
Testamentary Capacity
72
Psychiatric Power and Social Action
79
for Freedom
169
The Abridgment of the Constitutional Rights
182
The Case
193
The Case
199
Toward the Therapeutic State
212
Proposals for Reform in the Mental Health Field
223
Summary and Conclusions
237
Epilogue
254

A Critical Survey
91
A GameModel Analysis
109
The Right to Trial
159

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About the author (1989)

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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