The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct (Paperback)

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    50th Anniversary Edition With a New Preface and Two Bonus Essays

    The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into all aspects of modern life.


    ISBN 9780061771224
    Genre PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 329
    Publisher Date 2010-02-23 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Perennial
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct
    Edition Detail Anniversary
    Audience Professional and scholarly
    Authors Szasz, Thomas Stephen
    Country of Origin United States

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      According to this book, The Brain and all diseases attributed and labelled as "mental" are nothing more than a result of the genetic neurological system inherited from inception. Each person's neurological make-up is determined at birth, and affected by outside stimuli as the body develops. Book is easy to understand and may be helpful in identifying neurologic diseases historically treated as abnormal "mental" behavior.

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