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Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement
Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement by Thomas Szasz 0815604610 9780815604617
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Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement by Thomas Szasz

Every age, Thomas Szasz maintains, has its methods of labeling others to assign them a particular fate; the witch and the heretic were consigned to fire, for example. In the twentieth century, however, the priest has been replaced by the psychiatrist, the infidel by the patient; only the way in which the victims differ from society at large with its ensuing punishment (all for the good of society, then, as now) is different. Indeed, Szasz makes it clear that medicine is if anything a more insidious tyrant than religion because it purports to be beneficial to the patient as well as the commonwealth.Of the thousands of books published each year in the United States, only a small proportion represents a significant contribution to the advancement of mans understanding of man. In my opinion, The Method of Madness is one of those rare books. -- American Sociological Review

Author: Thomas Szasz

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 426

Publisher: Syrcause University Press

Publication Date: 1997-04-01

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