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Cruel Compassion : Psychiatric Control of Society's Unwanted

Cruel Compassion : Psychiatric Control of Society's Unwanted - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471010128

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ISBN13: 978-0471010128
ISBN10: 047101012X
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Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 1994
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Cruel Compassion : Psychiatric Control of Society's Unwanted - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471010128

Thomas Stephen Szasz

ISBN13: 978-0471010128
ISBN10: 047101012X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

The renowned gadfly of psychiatry examines the growing practice of coercing individuals (especially adults economically dependent on others) allegedly in their own best interest. Demonstrates how moral man has been replaced by mental patient in modern society, how sin has been converted to mental illness as a way of controlling undesirables. Deals with psychiatry as a social control medium, how it disposes of those persons unwanted by society, and presents a compelling argument for limiting coercive powers of psychiatry to take away people's personal freedom.

Table of Contents

Storing the Unwanted.

The Indigent.
The Debtor.
The Epileptic.
The Child.
The Homeless.

The Political Economy of Psychiatry.

The Origin of Psychiatry.
Economics and Psychiatry.
Adult Dependency: Idleness as Illness.
The New Psychiatric Deal.
Re-Storing the Mental Patient.
The Futility of Psychiatric Reform.

Epilogue.

References.
Bibliography.
Indexes.

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