The Myth of Psychotherapy: Mental Healing As Religion, Rhetoric, and Repression

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Syracuse University Press, 1978 - Psychology - 238 pages
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Contents

Metaphorizing Medical
3
Rhetoric as Remedy
11
Religion as Remedy
25
Metaphorizing Magnetism
43
Repression as Remedy
67
Wilhelm Erb Julius WagnerJauregg and Sigmund
82
Franchising
101
Oedipus from
123
The Jewish Avenger
138
Pastor Without a Pulpit
158
Medicine Religion and Power
179
Contemporary Uses
193
Notes
209
Acknowledgments
227
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About the author (1978)

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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