By Thomas Szasz
Szasz files the extreme volume to which sleek prognosis of psychological ailment is topic to moving social attitudes and values. He exhibits how fiscal, own, criminal, and political components have come to play an more and more strong function within the diagnostic technique, with effects of blurring the excellence among cultural and medical criteria. Broadened definitions of psychological sickness have had a corrosive impact at the felony justice approach in undercutting conventional conceptions of felony habit and feature inspired state-sanctioned coercive interventions that bestow distinct privileges (and impose exact hardships) on people clinically determined as mentally ill.
Lucidly written and powerfully argued, and now to be had in paperback, this provocative and difficult quantity might be of curiosity to psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists.
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A Lexicon of Lunacy: Metaphoric Malady, Moral Responsibility and Psychiatry by Thomas Szasz