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The manufacture of madness : a comparative study of the inquisition and the mental health movement

Author: Thomas Szasz
Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Syracuse University Press edView all editions and formats
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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.""--BOOK JACKET.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Szasz
ISBN: 0815604610 9780815604617
OCLC Number: 35876905
Notes: Originally published: New York : Harper & Row, ©1970.
Description: xxxi, 383 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Society's internal enemies and protectors --
The Malefactor identified --
The Malefactor authenticated --
The defense of the dominant ethic --
The witch as mental patient --
The witch as healer --
The witch as scapegoat --
The myths of witchcraft and mental illness --
The new manufacturer --
Benjamin Rush, the father of American psychiatry --
The product conversion --
from heresy to illnessThe new product --
masturbatory insanity --
The manufacture of medical stigma --
The model psychiatric scapegoat-the homosexual --
The expulsion of evil --
The struggle for self-esteem.
Responsibility: Thomas S. Szasz ; with a new preface by the author.

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Every age, labels others to a particular fate, such as the witch consigned to the fire. The priest has now been replaced by the psychiatrist and this text examines the role of medicine as a more  Read more...

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