In this Book

Antipsychiatry
buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary
More than fifty years ago, Thomas Szasz showed that the concept of mental illness—a disease of the mind—is an oxymoron, a metaphor, a myth. Disease, in the medical sense, affects only the body. He also demonstrated that civil commitment and the insanity defense, the paradigmatic practices of psychiatry, are incompatible with the political values of personal responsibility and individual liberty. The psychiatric establishment’s rejection of Szasz’s critique posed no danger to his work: its defense of coercions and excuses as "therapy" supported his argument regarding the metaphorical nature of mental illness and the transparent immorality of brutal psychiatric control masquerading as humane medical care.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. p. v
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1. Antipsychiatrie: Querulantenwahnsinn
  2. pp. 8-24
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Antipsychiatry: Alternative Psychiatry
  2. pp. 25-58
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3.The Doctor of Irresponsibility
  2. pp. 59-85
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4.The Trickster and the Tricked
  2. pp. 86-112
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Antipsychiatry and Anti-Art
  2. pp. 113-123
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Antipsychiatry Abroad
  2. pp. 124-147
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Epilogue: The Accursed Legacy of Antipsychiatry
  2. pp. 148-151
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Afterword: Freedom from Violence and Lies
  2. pp. 152-162
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 163-176
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-182
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-188
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.