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Szasz, Thomas 1920-2012

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Works: 292 works in 1,149 publications in 8 languages and 33,665 library holdings
Genres: History  Miscellanea  Trials, litigation, etc  Quotations  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Compiler, Editor, Author of introduction, Speaker, Honoree, Interviewee, Commentator
Classifications: RC455, 340.6
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The myth of mental illness: foundations of a theory of personal conduct by Thomas Szasz( Book )
104 editions published between 1960 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 3,167 libraries worldwide
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
The manufacture of madness; a comparative study of the Inquisition and the mental health movement by Thomas Szasz( Book )
43 editions published between 1970 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,843 libraries worldwide
Intends 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
Pharmacracy medicine and politics in America by Thomas Szasz( file )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,576 libraries worldwide
The growing use of pseudo-medical arguments to justify certain policies in the name of "public health" results in what critic Thomas Szasz terms pharmacracy, an insidious tendency that is eroding our personal liberties while distorting our approach to both health care & politics. Annotation. Exposes and examines the hidden threats to liberty and the rule of law posed by "pharmacracy"--the emerging alliance of the government and the health-care system. Annotation. Szasz (emeritus, psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University) explores the development of a "pharmacracy" as the natural outgrowth of the tendency to medicalize social problems, deviance, and disruptive behavior. He describes the relationships between medical and political authority, between increased government control and increased funding for health care, and between the medicalization of individual behavior and the avoidance of personal responsibility
Law, liberty, and psychiatry; an inquiry into the social uses of mental health practices by Thomas Szasz( Book )
48 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,511 libraries worldwide
"This present book has two major aims: first, to present a critical inquiry into the current social, and especially legal, uses of psychiatry; second, to offer a reasoned dissent from what I consider the theory and practice of false psychiatric liberalism. Most of the legal and social applications of psychiatry, undertaken in the name of psychiatric liberalism, are actually instances of despotism. To be sure, this type of despotism is based on health values, but it is despotism nonetheless. Why? Because the promoters of mental health do not eschew coercive methods but, on the contrary, eagerly embrace them. Just as in democracy there lurks the danger of tyranny by the majority, so in mental-health legislation there lurks the danger of tyranny by therapy. The book is addressed not only to lawyers, psychiatrists, and social scientists but also to the intelligent layman. Indeed, the last may find it especially useful, for organized psychiatry poses a much graver threat to him than it does to the professionals. Like any knowledge, psychiatric knowledge may be made to serve almost any cause. I shall try to show that today psychiatry in the United States is all too often used to subvert traditional political guarantees of individual liberty"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)
Insanity : the idea and its consequences by Thomas Szasz( Book )
17 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 1,403 libraries worldwide
Ceremonial chemistry, the ritual persecution of drugs, addicts, and pushers by Thomas Szasz( Book )
25 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and held by 1,373 libraries worldwide
A psychoanalyst reports on the causes of drug abuse and views addicts and pushers as society's scapegoats
Psychiatric justice by Thomas Szasz( Book )
26 editions published between 1965 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,288 libraries worldwide
Ideology and insanity; essays on the psychiatric dehumanization of man by Thomas Szasz( Book )
45 editions published between 1969 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 1,277 libraries worldwide
Essays on psychiatry and the dehumanization of
The myth of psychotherapy : mental healing as religion, rhetoric, and repression by Thomas Szasz( Book )
28 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 1,267 libraries worldwide
Schizophrenia : the sacred symbol of psychiatry by Thomas Szasz( Book )
21 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 1,112 libraries worldwide
Psychiatric slavery by Thomas Szasz( Book )
13 editions published between 1977 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 1,083 libraries worldwide
Our right to drugs : the case for a free market by Thomas Szasz( Book )
16 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 1,064 libraries worldwide
"In Our Right to Drugs, Thomas Szasz shows that our present drug war started at the beginning of this century, when the U.S. government first assumed the task of protecting people from patent medicines. By the end of World War I, however, the free market in drugs was but a dim memory, if that. Instead of dwelling on the familiar impracticality or unfairness of our drug laws, Szasz demonstrates the deleterious effects of prescription laws, which place people under lifelong medical tutelage. The result is that most Americans today prefer a coercive and corrupt command drug economy to a free market in drugs." "Szasz stresses the consequences of the fateful transformation of the central aim of U.S. drug prohibitions from protecting us from being fooled by "misbranded" drugs to protecting us from harming ourselves by self-medication-defined as "drug abuse." And he reminds us that the choice between self-control and state coercion applies to all areas of our lives, drugs being but one of the theaters in which this perennial play may be staged. A free society, Szasz emphasizes, cannot endure if its citizens reject the values of self-discipline and personal responsibility and if the state treats adults as if they were naughty children." "In a no-holds-barred examination of the implementation of the War on Drugs, Szasz shows that under the guise of protecting the vulnerable members of our society--especially children, minorities, and the sick--our government has persecuted and injured them. Leading politicians persuade parents to denounce their children, and encourage children to betray their parents and friends--behavior that subverts family loyalties and destroys basic human decency. And instead of protecting blacks and Hispanics from dangerous drugs, this holy war has allowed us to persecute them, not as racists but as therapists--working selflessly to bring about a drug-free America." "Last, but not least, to millions of sick Americans, the War on Drugs has meant being deprived of the medicines they need--because the drugs are illegal, are unapproved here though approved abroad, or require a prescription a physician may be afraid to provide. The bizarre upshot of our drug policy is that while many Americans now believe they have a right to die--an inevitable occurrence--few believe they have a right to drugs, even though that does not mean they have to take any." "Often jolting, always stimulating, Our Right to Drugs is likely to have the same explosive effect on our ideas about drugs and drug laws as The Myth of Mental Illness had on our ideas about insanity and psychiatry more than thirty years ago."--BOOK JACKET
Pain and pleasure : a study of bodily feelings by Thomas Szasz( Book )
26 editions published between 1957 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,037 libraries worldwide
The theology of medicine : the political-philosophical foundations of medical ethics by Thomas Szasz( Book )
21 editions published between 1977 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,017 libraries worldwide
The age of madness; the history of involuntary mental hospitalization, presented in selected texts by Thomas Szasz( Book )
22 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 998 libraries worldwide
The ethics of psychoanalysis; the theory and method of autonomous psychotherapy by Thomas Szasz( Book )
27 editions published between 1965 and 1988 in English and held by 995 libraries worldwide
Sex by prescription by Thomas Szasz( Book )
17 editions published between 1980 and 1990 in English and held by 842 libraries worldwide
The second sin by Thomas Szasz( Book )
12 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 717 libraries worldwide
A psychiatrist who is an exponent of the "second sin" of clarity in thought and speech seeks to dispel some of the "psychiatric humbug" of his peers, whom he sees as the last in a long line of obfuscating authoritarians which reaches back to the Tower of Babel
Cruel compassion : psychiatric control of society's unwanted by Thomas Szasz( Book )
9 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 695 libraries worldwide
No contemporary thinker has done more than Thomas Szasz to expose the myths and misconceptions surrounding insanity and the practice of psychiatry. Now, in Cruel Compassion, he gives us a sobering look at some of our most cherished notions about our humane treatment of society's unwanted, and perhaps more importantly, about ourselves as a compassionate and democratic people
Fatal freedom : the ethics and politics of suicide by Thomas Szasz( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 690 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Szasz, T. S. (Thomas Stephen), 1920-
Szász Tamás István 1920-
Szász, Tamás István, 1920-2012
Szasz, Thomas.
Szasz, Thomas, 1920-
Szasz, Thomas 1920-2012
Szasz, Thomas S.
Szasz, Thomas S., 1920-
Szasz, Thomas S., 1920-2012
Szasz, Thomas S. (Thomas Stephen), 1920-
Szasz, Thomas Stephen
Szasz, Thomas Stephen, 1920-2012
Szasz, Tomás, 1920-
サズ, T. S
サズ, トーマス S
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English (519)
Italian (9)
French (6)
Dutch (6)
Spanish (4)
German (3)
Swedish (3)
Multiple languages (1)
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