In Memoriam: Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz died September 11th 2012. In Memoriam.

Dr. Szasz wrote “The Myth of Mental Illness,” a book that questioned the legitimacy of his field and made enemies of many fellow doctors.

Szasz first presented his attack on “mental illness” as a legal term in 1958 in the Columbia Law Review. In his article he argued that mental illness was no more a fact bearing on a suspect’s guilt than is possession by the devil.

One thought on “In Memoriam: Thomas Szasz

  1. Staffan September 19, 2012 / 4:43 am

    I’d peg him as an INTP; the INTJs aren’t so independent or reformist as people say they are. But anyway, the guy was admirable and has yet to get the credit he deserves. That said, I wouldn’t hold a schizophrenic who thinks his co-workers are vampires accountable for his actions.


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