Dr. Szasz's Gauntlet: A Critical Review of the Work of American Psychiatry's Most Vocal Gadfly

Wynne, Louis
July 2006
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Summer2006, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p111
Academic Journal
This article is a digest and critical analysis of Thomas Szasz's oeuvre based on his better known works. His position is represented by four statements, three of which are discussed in this article; the second was discussed by this author in a review of Szasz's The Meaning of Mind published in Vol. 7(2) of this journal. The four statements are: (1) All disease is underlain by tissue pathology. Without that pathology we do not face disease but only the actions of people that disturb us; (2) The mind is a fiction; (3) Mental illness is therefore a myth, and psychiatric diagnoses are bogus contrivances; and (4) Individuals are moral agents responsible for their behavior, and psychiatry is a fraud and a fake medical specialty.


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