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(1977). The Journal of Psychiatry and Law. IV, 1976: Szasz and the Law: An Alternative View. Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz. Pp. 551-558.. Psychoanal Q., 46:720-721.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Journal of Psychiatry and Law. IV, 1976: Szasz and the Law: An Alternative View. Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz. Pp. 551-558.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:720-721

The Journal of Psychiatry and Law. IV, 1976: Szasz and the Law: An Alternative View. Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz. Pp. 551-558.

In a previous issue C. G. Schoenfeld attempted to disprove Thomas Szasz's theory that mental illness is a "myth" and to dispute Szasz's contention that current views of "mental illness" promote violent subjugation of human freedom in institutional and legal settings. This article argues that Schoenfeld, typical of

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many who criticize Szasz, misunderstands and misrepresents Szasz's rich theoretical arguments concerning "mental illness" and the prevalent use in law and institutional psychiatry of medical models for analyzing human behavior. Additionally, the authors urge responsible researchers to further pursue the implications of an accurate understanding of Szasz's arguments for legal theory and practice.

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Article Citation

(1977). The Journal of Psychiatry and Law. IV, 1976. Psychoanal. Q., 46:720-721

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