Coercion as Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry

by Thomas Szasz (Author)

Editorial Reviews

George J. Annas, professor of health law, bioethics, and human rights, Boston
University Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Law
"A powerful and fittingly impassioned indictment of psychiatrists who use
coercion to `treat' patients by the psychiatrist who has done more than anyone
else to challenge psychiatry to abandon the destructive use of force and replace
it with consent, trust, and adherence to the Hippocratic injunction to `do no harm.'"

Keith Hoeller, editor, Review of Existential Psychology & Psychiatry
"Nearly all books on the history of psychiatry have been written by people who
wholeheartedly believe in the reality of `mental illness.' At long last we have
a history of psychiatry by the very man who nearly fifty years ago declared
mental illness to be a myth. Stripping away centuries of self-serving propaganda
written by psychiatry's acolytes, Dr. Thomas Szasz gives us a radically new look
at the history of the world's most dangerous political religions. From the
eighteenth century's `trade in lunacy' to the nineteenth century's `insane
asylums' to the twentieth century's `snake pits' to the twenty-first century's
`outpatient commitment,' Szasz gives us a radically different perspective on the
major episodes in the history of psychiatry. After Coercion as Cure, we will
never be able to look at psychiatry again as a legitimate claimant to the throne
of medical science."

Product Details

Hardcover: 293 pages
Publisher: Transaction Publishers; 1 edition (July 3, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765803798



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