The Manufacture of Madness

The Manufacture of Madness Review

s/t: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition & the Mental Health Movement
In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show "that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led."

Title:The Manufacture of Madness
Edition Language:English

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  • Erik Graff

    This book really is a comparison between modern institutional psychiatry and the inquisitions against witches and Szasz manages four hundred pages of such without becoming overly redundant or facile.T...

  • Charlie

    A free thinker's delight. What Szasz says in essense is that social engineering is no more fun from a modern and secular/"scientific" world view than it was from a religious/"moral" world view. The pr...

  • David Gross

    This book shows how the “mentally ill” category serves as a form of social control that has evolved directly from the category of “heretic.” Although psychiatry uses the language of medicine, ...

  • Logan Albright

    The 9th book I've read by Szasz and the best one yet. A brutal look at how, while the objects of persecution and torture have changed over time, the basic method has not. We used to lock up homosexual...

  • Anthony

    Fantastic and complex read....

  • Donald

    "The Manufacture Of Madness" and "The Myth Of Mental Illness" are two of the most intriguing non-fiction books of the late twentieth century. Dr. Thomas Szasz presents a compelling argument that moder...

  • Joseph Newton

    Interesting study of the role of the scapegoat in society across time and space. The author's central argument is that the inquisition never ended, but morphed into what we know today as Institutional...

  • Brassy Bottle

    This man was brilliant. He saw right through the sham of the usual bollocks "men of medicine" enforce on their fellows. Or more accurately, on women since women are (as usual) at the bottom of the hum...

  • John

    Brilliant. Well done Mr. Szasz. Of course I disagree with many of his political, religious, and historical analyses, but no one understood the truth about psychiatry like Szasz. Five stars.https://psy...

  • Lydia

    Possibly the biggest influence on me, career wise, so far, in that it made me want to be almost anything other than directly involved with the practice of Psychology/Psychiatry...