By Thomas Szasz
Szasz files the extreme quantity to which sleek prognosis of psychological disorder is topic to transferring social attitudes and values. He indicates how monetary, own, felony, and political components have come to play an more and more strong position within the diagnostic strategy, with effects of blurring the excellence among cultural and medical criteria. Broadened definitions of psychological disease have had a corrosive impact at the felony justice procedure in undercutting conventional conceptions of legal habit and feature inspired state-sanctioned coercive interventions that bestow specified privileges (and impose specified hardships) on individuals clinically determined as mentally ill.
Lucidly written and powerfully argued, and now to be had in paperback, this provocative and difficult quantity may be of curiosity to psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists.
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