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Fatal Freedom: The Ethics and Politics of Suicide

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In this thoughtful and compelling analysis, the world's foremost critic of coercions of the psychiatric institution defends a patient's right to choose life or death.Fatal Freedom is an eloquent defense of every individual's right to choose a voluntary death. By maintaining statutes that determine that voluntary death is not legal, Thomas Szasz believes that our society is ...more
Published July 1st 2002 by Syracuse University Press (first published November 30th 1998)
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If Dr. Szasz is extreme in some of his views -- a point upon which I am still undecided -- he certainly logically consistent, looks at empirical facts and does not engage either in either wishful thinking or euphemism. I unfortunately do not have time to give this work the in-depth review it deserves, but hope to do so when I re-read this in a few months.

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Thomas Stephen Szasz (pronounced /sas/; born April 15, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary) is a psychiatrist and academic. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He is a prominent figure in the antipsychiatry movement, a well-known social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, and of the social control a ...more
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