Thomas Stephen Szasz ( /ˈsɑːs/ SAHSS; born April 15, 1920 – September 8, 2012.) was a psychiatrist and academic. Since 1990 he had been Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He was a well-known social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, and of the social control aims of medicine in modern society, as well as of scientism. His books The Myth of Mental Illness (1960) and The Manufacture of Madness (1970) set out some of the arguments with which he is most associated.
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... Szasz was honored with over fifty prestigious awards including the Martin Buber Award (1974) the Humanist Laureate Award (1995) the Great Lake Association of Clinical Medicine Patients’ Rights Advocate Award ...
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“If someone does something we disapprove of, we regard him as bad if we believe we can deter him from persisting in his conduct, but we regard him as mad if we believe we cannot. In either case, the crucial issue is our control of the other: the more we lose control over him, and the more he assumes control over himself, the more, in case of conflict, we are likely to consider him mad rather than just bad.”
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