Response to Thomas Szasz’s Theory

In progress P12…

Thomas Szasz was a professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. His most well-known written work, The Myth of Mental Illness published in 1961, is what made him famous in fields of psychiatry today (Breeding 2014). Szasz also wrote many other books that involved depicting relationships between patient and psychiatrist and how mental illness is being seen by various individuals. Thomas Szasz was born in Budapest in 1920 and died recently in September 2012. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Cincinnati and earned his M.D degree at the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati (Breeding 2014). He completed his residency at the Cincinnati General Hospital. During earlier in his career, Szasz studied and practiced psychiatry. His interest in research and writing led him to become an individual who critiqued the field of psychiatry. He is the founder of the Citizens Commission of Human Rights. Although his ideas and work brought controversy, most of Szasz’s works are regarded among the most influential academic information in the field of law, medicine, and social sciences.


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