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By Thomas Szasz

ISBN-10: 0815609906

ISBN-13: 9780815609902

In Western proposal, suicide has developed from sin to sin–and–crime, to crime, to psychological ailment, and to semilegal act. A felony act is one we're unfastened to imagine and discuss and plan and practice, with no penalty by means of brokers of the country. whereas death voluntarily is ostensibly criminal, suicide makes an attempt or even suicidal options are sometimes punished by way of incarceration in a psychiatric establishment. even though many folks think the prevention of suicide is likely one of the tasks the fashionable nation owes its voters, Szasz argues that suicide is a uncomplicated human correct and that the lengths to which the scientific is going to avoid it symbolize a deprivation of that correct. Drawing on his basic conception of the parable of psychological disease, Szasz makes a compelling case that the voluntary termination of one’s personal lifestyles is the results of a choice, no longer a sickness. He offers an in-depth exam and critique of up to date anti–suicide guidelines, that are in accordance with the proposal that voluntary demise is a psychological sickness, and systematically lays out the dehumanizing effects of psychiatrizing suicide prevention. If suicide be deemed an issue, it isn't a scientific challenge. coping with it as though it have been a ailment, or the results of a affliction, will be triumphant merely in debasing drugs and corrupting the legislations. Pretending to be the satisfaction of medication, psychiatry is its shame.

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