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The Untamed Tongue: A Dissenting Dictionary
by Thomas Szasz
The Untamed Tongue Szasz attacks the sacred cows of contemporary American society. In his acerbic and aphoristic style he rails against the hypocrisy and fraudulence of the futile and murderous war against drugs, the sordid and often self-seeking practices of psychotherapy and the atrocities of psychiatry. Full description
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Open Court Publishing Company
(first published March 1990)
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His message needs to be heard, but his adages in this book are redundant and a bit self righteous. I wonder if he was influenced by Foucault or vice versa because their views on psychiatry appear similar to me. Szasz lays out a lot of different views but his political libertarianism just doesn't appeal to me. I got the feel after a while that he is a rigid thinker and shortsighted a lot of the time.
Thomas Stephen Szasz (pronounced /sas/; born April 15, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary) was a psychiatrist and academic. He was Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He was a prominent figure in the antipsychiatry movement, a well-known social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, and of the social contro ...moreMore about Thomas Szasz...