Author(s): Thomas S. Szasz
Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionised thinking throughout the world about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing behaviour problems as 'mental illness', psychiatry, Szasz argues, absolves the individual of responsibility for his actions, placing blame instead on the illness. In "The Myth of Mental Illness", he attacks Freudian psychology as a dangerous pseudo-science and critiques the overreach of psychology into all aspects of modern life.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Thomas Szasz is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York in Syracuse, where he has taught since 1956. He earned his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati and received psychoanalytic training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. In addition to The Myth of Mental Illness, his best-known work, Dr. Szasz is the author of 30 scholarly books and numerous academic articles.