The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays

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Syracuse University Press, 2007 - 202 Seiten
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Defining medicalization as the perception of nonmedical conditions as medical problems and nondiseases as diseases, Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to exposing the dangers of medicalizing the conditions of some who simply refuse to conform to society's expectations. Szasz argues that modern psychiatry's tireless ambition to explain the human condition has led to the treatment of life's difficulties and oddities as clinical illnesses rather than as humanity revealed in its fullness. chronicles the author's long campaign against the orthodoxies of psychiatry. From Medicine to Magic to Medicine as Social Control, the book delves into the fascinating history of medicalization, including The Discovery of Drug Addiction, Persecutions for Witchcraft and Drugcraft, and Food Abuse and Foodaholism. In a society that has little tolerance for those who live outside its rules, Dr. Szasz's writings are as relevant today as ever.
 

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Inhalt

Coercion as Cure
55
Hysteria as Language
71
The Case of Terri Schiavo
117
Peter Singers Ethics of Medicalization
134
The New Despotism
150
Notes
171
Selected Bibliography
189
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Thomas Szasz is professor of psychiatry emeritus at the

Thomas Szasz is professor of psychiatry emeritus at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in SState University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute,yracuse, New York and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, Washington, DC. He is a big figure in the anti-psychitary m Washington, DC. He is a big figure in the anti-psychitary movement, a critic of the moral and scientific foundation of ovement, a critic of the moral and scientific foundation of psychiatry, and a critic of medicine in society in the sociapsychiatry, and a critic of medicine in society in the social control aspect. His numerous works include The Age of Madnl control aspect. His numerous works include The Age of Madness, Ideology and Insanity: Essays on the Psychiatric Dehumaess, Ideology and Insanity: Essays on the Psychiatric Dehumanization of Man, andCoercion as Cure: A Critical History of nization of Man, andCoercion as Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry. Psychiatry.

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