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The myth of mental illness: foundations of a theory of personal conduct,

Author: Thomas Szasz
Publisher: New York, Harper & Row [1974]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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The author believes that what is nowadays accepted as mental illness is whatever psychiatrists say it is - and that psychiatry has, with increasing zeal, defined more and more kinds of behavior as mental illness. What is termed mental illness is in fact behavior disapproved of by the speaker.
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Szasz, Thomas Stephen, 1920-
Myth of mental illness: foundations of a theory of personal conduct.
New York, Harper & Row [1974]
(OCoLC)565856525
Online version:
Szasz, Thomas Stephen, 1920-
Myth of mental illness: foundations of a theory of personal conduct.
New York, Harper & Row [1974]
(OCoLC)609908600
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Szasz
ISBN: 0060141964 9780060141967 0060911514 9780060911515
OCLC Number: 904183
Description: xvi, 297 pages 22 cm
Contents: The Myth of Mental Illness --
Growth and Structure of the Myth --
Charcot and the Problem of Hysteria --
Illness and Counterfeit Illness --
The Social Context of Medical Practice --
Hysteria: An Example of the Myth --
Breuer and Freud's Studies on Hysteria --
Hysteria and Psychosomatic Medicine --
Contemporary Views of Hysteria and Mental Illness --
Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct --
Semiotical Analysis of Behavior --
Language and Protolanguage --
Hysteria as Communication --
Rule-Following Analysis of Behavior --
The Rule-Following Model of Human Behavior --
The Ethics of Helplessness and Helpfulness --
Theology, Witchcraft, and Hysteria --
Game-Model Analysis of Behavior --
The Game-Playing Model of Human Behavior --
Hysteria as a Game --
Impersonation and Illness --
The Ethics of Psychiatry.
Responsibility: by Thomas S. Szasz.

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The author believes that what is nowadays accepted as mental illness is whatever psychiatrists say it is - and that psychiatry has, with increasing zeal, defined more and more kinds of behavior as mental illness. What is termed mental illness is in fact behavior disapproved of by the speaker.

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