Dr. Thomas S. Szasz, in his latest essay into the abuses of psychiatry, considers what he calls the psychiatric denial of the right of trial: the procedure by which the accused is denied trial on the grounds of mental incompetence.
It is Szasi s contention that the relationship of psychiatry to authority is much too close, and that this results in a serious threat to individual liberty. When a man is labelled “crazy,” his denial is often taken to demonstrate the severity of...
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