The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement

The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement

by Thomas Stephen Szasz
     
 

In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show "that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led." See more details below

Overview

In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show "that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815604617
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
426
Sales rank:
914,822
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Original Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Society's Internal Enemies and Protectors3
2The Malefactor Identified28
3The Malefactor Authenticated42
4The Defense of the Dominant Ethic57
5The Witch as Mental Patient68
6The Witch as Healer82
7The Witch as Scapegoat95
8The Myths of Witchcraft and Mental Illness111
9The New Manufacturer - Benjamin Rush, the Father of American Psychiatry137
10The Product Conversion - from Heresy to Illness160
11The New Product - Masturbatory Insanity180
12The Manufacture of Medical Stigma207
13The Model Psychiatric Scapegoat - the Homosexual242
14The Expulsion of Evil260
15The Struggle for Self-Esteem276
Epilogue: "The Painted Bird"290
AppendixA Synoptic History of Persecutions for Witchcraft and Mental Illness293
References323
Bibliography351
Index371

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