Szasz argues convincingly against the entire psychiatric paradigm while clearly showing it's primary nature as a modern "scientific" mythology. Better than anyone, he makes it clear how poor thinking and poorer science have given us modern psychiatry.
Now available in a Harper Colophon edition, this classic book has revolutionized thinking throughout the Western world about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices.
"It is no exaggeration to state that Szasz's work raises major social issues which deserve the attention of policy-makers and indeed of all informed and socially conscious Americans. . . Quite probably he has done more than any other man to alert the American public to the potential dangers of an excessively psychiatrized society." - Edwin M. Schur, The Atlantic
"Cogently challenges the basic model of psychiatry, 'mental illness,' and calls into question much of what psychiatrists now do." - Social Science
"Thomas Szasz's volume is enormously courageous
and highly informative, and it makes fascinating reading for anyone with
a serious interest in the problem of psycho-
THOMAS SZASZ, M.D., is considered a brilliant revolutionary thinker by some - a dangerous renegade by others. In either case, the author of The Manufacture of Madness, Schizophrenia: The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry, and Sex by Prescription is one of the most important writers in present-day psychiatry.