Courtesy of This Week In Mentalists
With a caveat: Thomas Szasz (Szász Tamás István (born 1920, Budapest), Jewish Hungarian-American psychiatrist and academic) didn’t like the label ‘anti-psychiatry’ and could not stand R.D. Laing: he makes this clear in Anti-Psychiatry: Quackery Squared. He claimed that the label was assigned to him in order to discredit him. Just an FYI.
Szasz states unequivocally in Anti-Psychiatry, Quackery-Squared that he could not identify with the so-called Anti-Psychiatry Movement. He even disputes its legitimacy as a movement. He believes that the psychiatric establishment have portrayed him as being an integral part of this so-called movement to discredit him. Another trick was to smear him as a ‘leftist’ when he was, in fact a right-leaning libertarian who believed passionately in the concept of personal responsibility.
By the by, Szasz was a real scientist, a physics major, who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1941.
Maybe it’s time for a ‘Book Binge‘.
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