Szasz Under Fire: A Psychiatric Abolitionist Faces His Critics (The Under Fire Series)

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Since he published The Myth of Mental Illness in 1961, professor of psychiatry Thomas Szasz has been the scourge of the psychiatric establishment. In dozens of books and articles, he has argued passionately and knowledgeably against compulsory commitment of the mentally ill, against the war on drugs, against the insanity defense in criminal trials, against the "diseasing" of voluntary humanpractices such as addiction and homosexual behavior, against the drugging of schoolchildren with Ritalin, and for the right ...
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Since he published The Myth of Mental Illness in 1961, professor of psychiatry Thomas Szasz has been the scourge of the psychiatric establishment. In dozens of books and articles, he has argued passionately and knowledgeably against compulsory commitment of the mentally ill, against the war on drugs, against the insanity defense in criminal trials, against the "diseasing" of voluntary humanpractices such as addiction and homosexual behavior, against the drugging of schoolchildren with Ritalin, and for the right to suicide. Most controversial of all has been his denial that "mental illness" is a literal disease, treatable by medical practitioners.
In Szasz Under Fire, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other leading experts who disagree with Szasz on specific issues explain the reasons, with no holds barred, and Szasz replies cogently and pungently to each of them. Topics debated include the nature of mental illness, the right to suicide, the insanity defense, the use and abuse of drugs, and the responsibilities of psychiatrists and therapists. These exchanges are preceded by Szasz's autobiography and followed by a bibliography of his works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812695687
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/25/2004
  • Series: The Under Fire Series
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
An autobiographical sketch 1
1 The myth of mental illness 29
Reply 49
2 Values-based medicine : Thomas Szasz's legacy to twenty-first century psychiatry 57
Reply 93
3 Persons and Popper's world 3 : do humans dream of abstract sheep? 119
Reply 131
4 On Thomas Szasz, the meaning of mental illness, and the therapeutic state : a critique 139
Reply 159
5 Prescribed addiction 179
Reply 196
6 The legitimacy of the defense of insanity 199
Reply 202
7 Pharmacracy or phantom? 225
Reply 242
8 Bombing the cradles : the disorder mental effects of off-the-chart life experiences 253
Reply 275
9 What kind of freedom? Szasz's misleading perception of physician-assisted suicide 277
Reply 291
10 Sideshow? : schizophrenia as construed by Szasz and the neo-Kraepelinians 301
Reply 321
11 Moving beyond the "myth" of mental illness 327
Reply 354
12 Mental illness as a myth : a methodological re-interpretation 365
Reply 376
App Documents from the Szasz affair at upstate 393
Thomas Szasz bibliography 403
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