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Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays Paperback – October 8, 2007
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The old quacks peddled fake cures to treat real diseases. The new quacks peddle fake diseases to justify chemical pacification and medical coercion. The old quacks were politically harmless: they could harm individuals only with those individuals' consent. The new quacks are a serious threat to individual liberty and personal responsibility: they are agents of the therapeutic state who can and do harm individuals both with and without those individuals' consent. Theocracy is the alliance of religion with the state. Pharmacracy is the alliance of medicine with the state
Today virtually any unwanted behavior, from shopaholism and kleptomania to sexaholism and pedophilia, may be defined as a disease whose diagnosis and treatment belong in the province of the medical system. Disease-making thus has become similar to lawmaking. Politicians, responsive to tradition and popular opinion, can define any act, from teaching slaves to read to the cold-blooded murder of a bank guard, as a crime whose control belongs in the province of the criminal justice system.
Formerly, the people rushed to embrace totalitarian states. Now they rush to embrace the therapeutic state. By the time they discover the therapeutic state is about tyranny, not therapy, it will be too late.
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Character assassination is an ancient technique when the critic does not have enough quality arguments to oppose the arguments he does not like in a civilized manner. Therefore, Professor Szasz is portrayed as an "iconoclast", his ideas are taken out of context and ridiculed in a supposedly neutral editorial review.
While the authors of review are busy laughing at Professor Szasz, Professor Szasz did not actually "discover America" by saying that mental illness is a fake, he definitely is not the first person who has criticized psychiatrists for their ways and he is definitely in good company exposing the psychiatric "industry".
Daniel Defo, Fyodor Dostoyevskiy, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Jonathan Swift, to name a few renouned humanists and intellectual giants, have been criticizing "mad-doctoring" as a form of social control and oppression driven exclusively by greed. These writers described enough cases when sane people pronounced insane and locked up where just unwanted wives, and members of low-status social or ethnic groups. Professor Szasz is describing an enlightening history of psychiatric abuse that is actually worth reading just for the sake of information he has generously discovered and provided for the public.
It is also easy to ascertain the truth of what Professor Szasz is saying, irrespective of the fact if you like his "iconoclastic career" or not.Read more ›
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This books certainly explains the health care system and why so many people think that they need a prescription for every issue, mental or physical.Published 22 months ago by Deanna Spingola
If you take prescription medications, especially any related to "mental health," you owe it to yourself to read this book and learn the truth about modern... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by MamaLiberty
I talked with a pschyatrist friend he said in Med school it was required reading. MDS do indeed practice or play with us.Published on January 5, 2014 by walter deets
If you really believe that the professionals and doctors who work for the drug companies are objective scientists and have your interests at heart then do not read this book.Published on December 17, 2013 by Gypsy Samuels
My son is currently being forced into permanent drugs. Szasz has opened my eyes to the current situation in psychiatry. Thank you Thomas Szasz.Published on July 21, 2013 by maloros
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The overall book is a reality of our actual healthcare system, the lost of sensibility by many doctors, and the medicalization of the... Read more