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- Publisher: 9781618422408 (September 14, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 14, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005N261VM
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The Szasz Quotationary Kindle Edition
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As a neurologist I saw patients with horrendous diseases like ALS and some who did not have ALS but thought they did. What I learned - among so much else - from Dr. Szasz is that I didn't have to fret about mental illness. I could divide problems into organic i.e. real disease and no disease and not worry about mental illness, a metaphor.
No disease means no disease. Fear, anxiety, "voices" (inner speech), depression, alcoholism etc etc etc aren't diseases, should not be treated with more drugs, the loss of civil rights or the acquisition of money and fame.
His thoughts aren't just about medicine. They are about thinking logically for oneself.
And they are distilled and organized in this Quotationary by a master of the art, Leonard Roy Frank.
Ten dollars AND it is voice enabled - this is the deal of the century.
John Friedberg, M.D.
Thomas Szasz has commanded a central role in the critique of psychiatry for generations, to immerse oneself in Szasz's piercing erudition is always challenging and rewarding time spent.
Szasz's elegant analysis transports the reader into the reality of the subject matter. Szasz is the sentinel of liberty for the untold millions who've had their human right to define themselves, their lives, and their problems ripped away by runaway psychiatric ideology. Szasz's morally graceful, consistent, and over half-century long exposition of psychiatry's destructive and violent enmeshment with the state is a gift to the world.
Leonard Frank has witnessed Szasz's body of work unfold over these past decades and has produced a fine selection in this new e-book, and he worked with input from Szasz. With so many hundreds of thousands of words of published work to choose from, buying and reading this e-book is a great starting point for any newcomer to Szasz's ideas, but those already familiar will find much to take away with every fresh read.
Some standout quotations from this book are:
"For more than three centuries, experts on the mind -- mad doctors, alienists, psychiatrists, and psychologists -- have clung to the idea of mental illness like a drowning man clings to a raft. It is understandable that they do so. As the identity and prestige of the priest depend on the existence of God, so the identity and prestige of the psychiatrist and clinical psychologist depend on on the existence of mental illness. It does not matter how God or mental illness is defined. What matters is that their existence or reality be accepted."
The above quote cuts through and captures the essence of the folly of more than three hundred years of mankind's medicalization of the problems encountered while living a human life, and the messianic fervor of the actors involved in perpetuating and expanding this monumentally mistaken ideology.
And this quotation below I found notable too,
"Since people need myths to sustain their existence, there must be restraints on the pursuit of demythologizing. Accordingly, I have always tried to distinguish between the use of myth to sustain a person's own existence and its use to deceive and coerce others. Objecting to the personal use of a mythology in private, or between consenting adults, is objecting to religious freedom; objecting to the legal and political use of force and fraud concealed and justified by a mythology is objecting to religious persecution. One can, of course, believe in and defend freedom of religion without believing in the literal truth of any particular religion -- theological, medical, or psychiatric. And one can object to religious coercion even though one might believe that some or all of the goals of that particular religion -- theological, medical, or psychiatric -- are desirable. In either case, one would be for freedom and against coercion -- not for or against"
Szasz is a great demythologizer and demystifier, and the quote above is so rich and can be applied in so many different contexts. It stirs in me a now sadly familiar realization that I live in a world where so many people seem to busy themselves concerning themselves with the mythologies and religions engaged in by consenting adults, but these same people seem happy enough to empower their government to initiate violence against peaceful people based on mythologies, psychiatric mythology in particular. It astonishes me that picket lines can form outside the various churches in protest of what consenting adults are engaged in, yet the rooms in the mental hosptials remain devoid of so much as some flowers and greeting cards, let alone a widespread agreement that humans smeared with psychiatric labels deserve their human rights too. One of the central things Szasz has done in his career is genuinely show that he cares about the real, conscious human beings who get thrown into psychiatry by force or fraud.
Elsewhere in the book is positioned the following elegant Szasz quote...
"It is a tragedy of the human condition that while the demystifier influences individuals, the mystifier moves multitudes."
This demystifier moved this individual, has moved and will move many more. Buy the Szasz Quotationary and be moved yourself. Leonard Roy Frank has compiled a bountiful collection in this e-book, bringing with him as he does his vast experience collating and curating essential nuggets of gold from a complex and vast body of work.
Thomas Szasz is one of the world's clearest thinkers, and an absolute master of the aphorism. Leonard studied Szasz' work for about half a century, and then worked hard and steady for a couple of years to give us The Szasz Quotationary. If you desire the highest level of intellectual stimulation, I think it is one of the best instigators you can find. And if you like to kind of shake your head as you get bumped into an unsettling, fresh way of looking at something, you will love it. I opened it up just now and got two in two minutes from the parenting section alone. Wow!