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Coercion as cure; a critical history of psychiatry.


Coercion as cure; a critical history of psychiatry.

Szasz, Thomas Stephen.

Transaction Publishers


278 pages




Szasz (psychiatry, State U. of New York Upstate Medical U.) challenges conventional ideas about psychiatry and argues that in the history of the field, psychiatrists have not been concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and that coercion is key to the profession, as psychiatrists diagnose and treat patients without patient consent. He describes the development of mental hospitalization, the history of torturing mental patients, the concept of moral treatment in early psychiatry, the treatment of epileptics, electroshock therapy, lobotomy, and the use of psychiatric drugs.

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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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