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

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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815604617
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 829,350
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Original Edition
1 Society's Internal Enemies and Protectors 3
2 The Malefactor Identified 28
3 The Malefactor Authenticated 42
4 The Defense of the Dominant Ethic 57
5 The Witch as Mental Patient 68
6 The Witch as Healer 82
7 The Witch as Scapegoat 95
8 The Myths of Witchcraft and Mental Illness 111
9 The New Manufacturer - Benjamin Rush, the Father of American Psychiatry 137
10 The Product Conversion - from Heresy to Illness 160
11 The New Product - Masturbatory Insanity 180
12 The Manufacture of Medical Stigma 207
13 The Model Psychiatric Scapegoat - the Homosexual 242
14 The Expulsion of Evil 260
15 The Struggle for Self-Esteem 276
Epilogue: "The Painted Bird" 290
Appendix A Synoptic History of Persecutions for Witchcraft and Mental Illness 293
References 323
Bibliography 351
Index 371
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