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Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences
     

Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences

by Thomas Stephen Szasz, Thomas Szasz
 

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ISBN-10: 0815604602

ISBN-13: 9780815604600

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

From one of the most renowned and controversial thinkers in behavioral science, here is a critical examination of the way both science and society define insanity. Attacking the universally accepted psychiatric doctrines that blur the distinction between literal and metaphoric diseases, Szasz argues that insanity is not an objectively definable or identifiable

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From one of the most renowned and controversial thinkers in behavioral science, here is a critical examination of the way both science and society define insanity. Attacking the universally accepted psychiatric doctrines that blur the distinction between literal and metaphoric diseases, Szasz argues that insanity is not an objectively definable or identifiable condition and presents a more fully-rounded account of the insanity concept, showing how it relates to and differs from three closely allied ideas--social deviance, bodily illness and the sick role. Reveals why it is truly impossible to understand psychiatric problems without first distinguishing an abnormal biological condition--like diabetes--from the sick role. Destined to become a classic, this is an important addition to the author's already impressive body of work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815604600
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.32(d)

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