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From Patients to Persons: The Psychiatric Critiques of Thomas Szasz, Peter Sedgwick and R.D. Laing
     

From Patients to Persons: The Psychiatric Critiques of Thomas Szasz, Peter Sedgwick and R.D. Laing

by Janet Vice
 

The role of psychiatric theory and practice has become increasingly controversial in contemporary society. Both psychiatry's scientific status as a medical specialty and its moral legitimacy as a helping profession have been called into question by outstanding figures within the profession. This original study examines the work of three leading critics of

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The role of psychiatric theory and practice has become increasingly controversial in contemporary society. Both psychiatry's scientific status as a medical specialty and its moral legitimacy as a helping profession have been called into question by outstanding figures within the profession. This original study examines the work of three leading critics of psychiatric theory and practice - Thomas Szasz, R.D. Laing, and Peter Sedgwick - from a specifically philosophical perspective. The author argues that disagreements over the nature, role, and failures of psychiatry are traceable to philosophical disagreements over the meanings of personhood and community. From Patients to Persons identifies the metaphysical and axiological assumptions at the heart of these disagreements. In so doing, it provides fresh evidence that philosophy plays a key role in the structure and evaluation of our medical, social and political practices.

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«This is an important contribution to the ever-growing critical literature in psychiatry. Professor Vice's analysis of the critique of psychiatry by three of its major practitioners is both refreshing and informed, and provides important new perspectives on one of the major themes in contemporary ethical thought by a sensitive probing of the concept of community. I highly recommend it.» (Richard M. Zaner, Center for Clinical and Research Ethics Vanderbilt University)
«Vice presents a lucid and sensitive appraisal of the ideas of the major modern critics of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, in the process clarifying the political thrust of mental health practices. This important and well-written book is essential reading for persons concerned with social policy, especially jurists and legislators.» (Thomas Szasz, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus SUNY Health Science Center Syracuse, New York)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820416595
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 5: Philosophy , #128
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Janet Vice earned her B.A. in Philosophy and English at Western Kentucky University and her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She has taught at California State University, Bakersfield, and at Tennessee State University. She has published articles on Thomas Szasz's denial of mental illness and on the moral structure of psychiatric practice.

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