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The Myth of Mental Illness

  • Thomas Szasz

Abstract

At the core of virtually all contemporary psychiatric theories and practices lies the concept of mental illness. A critical examination of this concept is therefore indispensable for understanding the ideas, institutions, and interventions of psychiatrists.

Keywords

Mental Illness Human Relation Mental Symptom Human Happiness Social Intercourse 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

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  • Thomas Szasz

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