By Thomas Szasz
Szasz records the intense volume to which sleek prognosis of psychological affliction is topic to transferring social attitudes and values. He exhibits how fiscal, own, criminal, and political elements have come to play an more and more robust function within the diagnostic technique, with effects of blurring the excellence among cultural and clinical criteria. Broadened definitions of psychological disease have had a corrosive impact at the legal justice procedure in undercutting conventional conceptions of felony habit and feature inspired state-sanctioned coercive interventions that bestow precise privileges (and impose detailed hardships) on individuals clinically determined as mentally ill.
Lucidly written and powerfully argued, and now on hand in paperback, this provocative and not easy quantity can be of curiosity to psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists.
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