By Thomas S. Szasz, MD. Price, $6.95. Pp 283. Macmillan Co., 60 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10011, 1965.
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This is a shocking, documented indictment of psychiatric injustice; proof of how individuals all over the United States are constantly being deprived of their rights and liberties through the willful, flagrant, misuse of psychiatry as a weapon of the state.
Within six months after the manuscript of this book was completed, the state of New York revised its laws on the commitment of citizens to mental hospitals. Unfortunately, the change in New York law does not pertain to anyone suspected of breaking a law—it is still a simple matter for "the prosecution to incriminate a defendant as a mental patient and thus deprive him of the right to stand trial."
Evidently the author's pleas—he has been attempting to right psychiatric wrongs for many years—had no effect in California where a recent legal decision by a judge served to set the practice of medicine back several score of years. The
Pinckney ER. Psychiatric Justice.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(6):951-953. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870060149031