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

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HarperCollins, Jul 12, 2011 - Psychology - 368 pages
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50th Anniversary Edition With a New Preface and Two Bonus Essays

The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into all aspects of modern life.

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According to this book The Brain and all diseases attributed and labelled as mental are nothing more than a result of the genetic neurological system inherited from inception. Each persons ... Read full review

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Szasz, a psychiatrist and academic of considerable reputation, here argues that much of what passes as mental illness and its treatment is a fraud perpetrated on the public. His thesis is that people ... Read full review

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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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