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A classic work that has revolutionized thinking throughout the Western world about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. "Bold and often brilliant."—Science

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A classic work that has revolutionized thinking throughout the Western world about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. "Bold and often brilliant."—Science

A classic work which has revolutionized thinking throughout the Western world about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices.

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Edwin M. Schur
It is no exaggeration to state that Szasz's work raises major social issues which deserve the attention of policy makers and indeed of all informed and socially conscious Americans...Quite probably he has done more than any other man to alert the American public to the potential dangers of an excessively psychiatrized society.

"Bold and often brilliant."
Edwin M. Schur
"It is no exaggeration to state that Szasz's work raises major social issues which deserve the attention of policy makers and indeed of all informed and socially conscious Americans...Quite probably he has done more than any other man to alert the American public to the potential dangers of an excessively psychiatrized society."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060911515
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1984
  • Series: Perennial Library
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii
Preface to the First Edition xiii
Introduction 1
Part 1 The Myth of Mental Illness
I Growth and Structure of the Myth
1 Charcot and the Problem of Hysteria 17
2 Illness and Counterfeit Illness 32
3 The Social Context of Medical Practice 48
II Hysteria: An Example of the Myth
4 Breuer and Freud's Studies on Hysteria 70
5 Hysteria and Psychosomatic Medicine 80
6 Contemporary Views of Hysteria and Mental Illness 94
Part 2 Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct
III Semiotical Analysis of Behavior
7 Language and Protolanguage 107
8 Hysteria as Communication 125
IV Rule-Following Analysis of Behavior
9 The Rule-Following Model of Human Behavior 148
10 The Ethics of Helplessness and Helpfulness 162
11 Theology, Witchcraft, and Hysteria 181
V Game-Model Analysis of Behavior
12 The Game-Playing Model of Human Behavior 199
13 Hysteria as a Game 213
14 Impersonation and Illness 231
15 The Ethics of Psychiatry 250
Conclusions 262
Epilogue 264
Summary 267
References 269
Bibliography 281
Index 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    Pscychotherophy Might Be Dangerous To Your Mental Health

    In this book, Dr. Szasz, himself a Pshchiatrist, examines the philosophical, medical, and historical roots of modern Psychiatry. He provides a well researched analysis of how and why certain conclusions about human mental illness were reached as well as some potentially detrimental results for Psychotherapy patients. In a time when more and more people are turning to Psychoanalysis as the means to mental health, the information presented in this book and other books by Dr. Szasz is must reading.

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