Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences

  title={Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences},
  author={E. Barrett and T. Szasz},
  journal={American Journal of Nursing},
The idea of insanity pervades every aspect of our daily lives. Thomas Szasz contends that the term actually functions as a euphemism for problems in living, as an excuse for crime and misbehaviour, as a stigma for invalidating adversaries - and, generally, as a metaphor and legal fiction. In "Insanity", Dr. Szasz presents a systematic articulation of the precise character and practical consequences of the idea of mental illness. He shows the way to a better understanding of this almost… Expand
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