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The Medicalization Of Everyday Life

Author : Thomas Szasz
ISBN : 0815608675
Genre : Medical
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Defining medicalization as the perception of nonmedical conditions as medical problems and nondiseases as diseases, Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to exposing the dangers of medicalizing the conditions of some who simply refuse to conform to society's expectations. Szasz argues that modern psychiatry's tireless ambition to explain the human condition has led to the treatment of life's difficulties and oddities as clinical illnesses rather than as humanity revealed in its fullness. chronicles the author's long campaign against the orthodoxies of psychiatry. From Medicine to Magic to Medicine as Social Control, the book delves into the fascinating history of medicalization, including The Discovery of Drug Addiction, Persecutions for Witchcraft and Drugcraft, and Food Abuse and Foodaholism. In a society that has little tolerance for those who live outside its rules, Dr. Szasz's writings are as relevant today as ever.

Psychiatric Slavery

Author : Thomas Stephen Szasz
ISBN : 0815605110
Genre : Medical
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In this short work, Dr. Szasz takes aim at conventional psychiatry, and at the attendent system of courts, hospitals, and psychiatrists who confine patients against their will. The focal point is a Supreme Court case involving a man forcibly committed to a Florida asylum for 14 years. In refuting the widely held notion that the Donaldson case represents an advancement in the rights of mental patients, Dr. Szasz has put the American legal establishments on trial.

Cruel Compassion

Author : Thomas Stephen Szasz
ISBN : 0815605102
Genre : Medical
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Re-examining psychiatric interventions from a cultural-historical and political-economic perspective, Szasz demonstrates that the main problem that faces mental health policymakers today is adult dependency.


Author : Thomas Stephen Szasz
ISBN : 0815609108
Genre : Medical
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A leading authority on the study of psychiatry, mental illness, and its treatment portrays of the integral role of deception in the history, diagnosis, and practice of psychiatry.

The Myth Of Psychotherapy

Author : Thomas Stephen Szasz
ISBN : 0815602235
Genre : Psychology
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My Madness Saved Me

Author : Thomas Szasz
ISBN : 9781351503976
Genre : Medical
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"The vast literature on Virginia Woolf's life, work, and marriage falls into two groups. A large majority is certain that she was mentally ill, and a small minority is equally certain that she was not mentally ill but was misdiagnosed by psychiatrists. In this daring exploration of Woolf's life and work, Thomas Szasz--famed for his radical critique of psychiatric concepts, coercions, and excuses--examines the evidence and rejects both views. Instead, he looks at how Virginia Woolf, as well as her husband Leonard, used the concept of madness and the profession of psychiatry to manage and manipulate their own and each other's lives.Do we explain achievement when we attribute it to the fictitious entity we call ""genius""? Do we explain failure when we attribute it to the fictitious entity we call ""madness""? Or do we deceive ourselves the same way that the person deceives himself when he attributes the easy ignition of hydrogen to its being ""flammable""? Szasz interprets Virginia Woolf's life and work as expressions of her character, and her character as the ""product"" of her free will. He offers this view as a corrective against the prevailing, ostensibly scientific view that attributes both her ""madness"" and her ""genius"" to biological-genetic causes. We tend to attribute exceptional achievement to genius, and exceptional failure to madness. Both, says Szasz, are fictitious entities."

The Therapeutic State

Author : Thomas Stephen Szasz
ISBN : STANFORD:36105039676122
Genre : Medical
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Ceremonial Chemistry

Author : Thomas Stephen Szasz
ISBN : 0815607687
Genre : Political Science
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In this polemical response to the controversy about drug use and drug criminalization, Thomas Szasz suggests that governments have overstepped their bounds in labelling and prohibiting certain drugs as dangerous substances and incarcerating addicts in order to cure them.

Coercion As Cure

Author : Frank Villafana
ISBN : 9781351527767
Genre : Medical
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Understanding the history of psychiatry requires an accurate view of its function and purpose. In this provocative new study, Szasz challenges conventional beliefs about psychiatry. He asserts that, in fact, psychiatrists are not concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of bona fide illnesses. Psychiatric tradition, social expectation, and the law make it clear that coercion is the profession's determining characteristic. Psychiatrists may "diagnose" or "treat" people without their consent or even against their clearly expressed wishes, and these involuntary psychiatric interventions are as different as are sexual relations between consenting adults and the sexual violence we call "rape." But the point is not merely the difference between coerced and consensual psychiatry, but to contrast them. The term "psychiatry" ought to be applied to one or the other, but not both. As long as psychiatrists and society refuse to recognize this, there can be no real psychiatric historiography. The coercive character of psychiatry was more apparent in the past than it is now. Then, insanity was synonymous with unfitness for liberty. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, a new type of psychiatric relationship developed, when people experiencing so-called "nervous symptoms," sought help. This led to a distinction between two kinds of mental diseases: neuroses and psychoses. Persons who complained about their own behavior were classified as neurotic, whereas persons about whose behavior others complained were classified as psychotic. The legal, medical, psychiatric, and social denial of this simple distinction and its far-reaching implications undergirds the house of cards that is modern psychiatry. Coercion as Cure is the most important book by Szasz since his landmark The Myth of Mental Illness.

The Medicalization Of Society

Author : Peter Conrad
ISBN : 0801892341
Genre : Social Science
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This thought-provoking study offers valuable insight into not only how medicalization got to this point but how it may continue to evolve.

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