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Insanity

The Idea and Its Consequences

By (author) Thomas Szasz
Format: Hardback
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Published: 24th Dec 1986
Dimensions: w 160mm h 240mm d 35mm
Weight: 765g
ISBN-10: 0471847089
ISBN-13: 9780471847083
Barcode No: 9780471847083
Synopsis
From one of the most renowned and controversial thinkers in behavioral science, here is a critical examination of the way both science and society define insanity. Attacking the universally accepted psychiatric doctrines that blur the distinction between literal and metaphoric diseases, Szasz argues that insanity is not an objectively definable or identifiable condition, and presents a more fully rounded account of the insanity concept, showing how it relates to and differs from three closely allied ideas - bodily illness, social deviance and the sick role. The book reveals why it is impossible truly to understand psychiatric problems without first distinguishing an abnormal biological condition - like diabetes - from the sick role.

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