Varieties of psychiatric criticism*

  title={Varieties of psychiatric criticism*},
  author={Thomas Stephen Szasz},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={349 - 355}
  • T. Szasz
  • Published 13 August 2012
  • Psychology
  • History of Psychiatry
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