R.I.P. Thomas Szasz

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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7 Responses to “R.I.P. Thomas Szasz”

  1. Firelight Says:

    My impression was that Dr Szasz had gotten more and more extreme towards the end.

    Still rip.


  2. Damo Says:

    I never heard of this author before (Mr Szasz), his books have gotten favourable views on Amazon, so I put this one into my cart.

    Incidentally, he died only a few weeks back.


  3. Julia Portal Says:

    That such a great man can die with so few plaudits and fanfare is an embarrassment to our nation.


  4. Louise Says:

    Worthy of a book binge methinks.


  5. David Duff Says:

    Louise, I regret to inform you that you have been ‘covered in kisses’ over at my place. Yes, yes, I know, a fate worse than death but I am just so grateful to you for introducing me to this man.


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  7. silver price Says:

    Postpsychiatry is not anti-science, but is critical of the dualisms implicit in Cartesianism, body-mind, mind-society, and body-society, and thus the failure of medical science to engage fully with the embodied and encultured reality of human experience in disease and illness. The Critical Psychiatry Network or movement on the other hand encompasses a range of philosophical positions and is not conceptually wedded to postmodernism. Members of the Network are particularly concerned with the political and ethical basis of the clinical practice of psychiatry, and countering the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the psychiatric profession and mental health care in general. At root, there is a conceptual issue about the nature of mental illness. Critical psychiatry and postpsychiatry maintain that psychiatry can be practiced without postulating brain pathology as the basis for functional mental illness.


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