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Pharmacracy : Medicine and Politics in America - Thomas Szasz


Medicine and Politics in America

Paperback Published: 27th November 2003
ISBN: 9780815607632
Number Of Pages: 248

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The modern penchant for transforming human problems into "diseases" and judicial sanctions into "treatments," replacing the rule of law with the rule of medical discretion, leads to a type of government social critic Thomas Szasz calls "pharmacracy." He warns that the creeping substitution of democracy for pharmacracy--private personal concerns increasingly perceived as requiring a medical-political response--inexorably erodes personal freedom and dignity.

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"In Szasz's view, America has created a contemporary fascist health state in which its campaigns aimed at the eradication of smoking and obesity focus not on the responsibility of individuals to quit smoking or to lose weight but one the promise that well-funded research agendas will solve the problem. Plenty of health-care professionals and politicians will disagree with Szasz's definition of disease and his condemnation of the modern 'pharmacracy', but no reader can put down this book without having been disturbed, provoked and challenged to see the American medical profession in a new light."

ISBN: 9780815607632
ISBN-10: 0815607636
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 27th November 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 14.22  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.36

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