By Thomas Szasz
Szasz files the extreme quantity to which smooth analysis of psychological disease is topic to transferring social attitudes and values. He indicates how monetary, own, felony, and political elements have come to play an more and more strong function within the diagnostic procedure, with effects of blurring the excellence among cultural and clinical criteria. Broadened definitions of psychological disorder have had a corrosive influence at the legal justice procedure in undercutting conventional conceptions of felony habit and feature inspired state-sanctioned coercive interventions that bestow specific privileges (and impose certain 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 could be of curiosity to psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists.
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