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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In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show "that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led."
 

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It's so wonderful when you come across a clear-thinking honest man. And you can always tell how close they've come to the mark by the cries of outrage they engender. Szasz lays the psychiatric game on ... 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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Thomas Szasz (1920-2012) 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 prominent figure in the anti-psychiatry movement and a critic of the moral and scientific foundation of psychiatry.

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