Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences

Author: Thomas Szasz


SKU: 9780815604600 Category: Tag: Product ID: 1093204


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–social deviance, bodily illness and the sick role. Reveals why it is truly impossible to understand psychiatric problems without first distinguishing an abnormal biological condition–like diabetes–from the sick role. Destined to become a classic, this is an important addition to the author’s already impressive body of work.

ISBN: 9780815604600
Publisher: Syracuse University Publications in Continuin
Pub Date: 01/1997
Format: Paperback
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 9.01h x 6.09w x 0.96d

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Weight 1.30 lbs
Dimensions 9.01 × 6.09 × 0.96 in