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Thomas Stephen Szasz

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I'll never forget the time I first heard of DR. THOMAS SZASZ...in May,1970 on the "Dick Cavett" Show. He was talking about prizefighter Joe Louis...and then the title of his book,THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS,came up. What? A psychiatrist CRITICAL of the system?

As I then lived in Houston,Texas,and had been electroshocked 7 times (brainwashed is what it really is,call a spade a spade) this was VERY refreshing news.

Later I found out about CCHR...and their people gave me Szasz' email.

I met

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Posted by: Ronald Vaughan - Beverly Hills, CA - Acquaintance   Sep 08, 2017

Incredible man, incredible life, and legacy... Your arguments live on and will be proven one day...


Posted by: Carina Gillon - Chula Vista, CA - someone who looks up to him   Mar 23, 2014

Dr. Szasz, You have entirely opened up my eyes as a counseling student and a young professional. You served your time on this world in such a beautiful way. With the release of the DSM-V, we must band together. At one time I planned to drop everything I was doing to meet you and I deeply regret I didn't. I will continue to hold your teachings close to my brain and my heart. You will never be forgotten. Thank you Dr. Szasz


Posted by: Tim    May 13, 2013

Dear sons, daughters, and other relatives of the late great Doc Szasz....history shall be kind to your dad....Date for America's Reestablishment has been set for April 15, 2020. I hope this nation of ours will have come close to having 20-20 vision by that time....my forthcoming book, THE REESTABLISHMENT PROJECT, is dedicated to his memory...long live the words and deeds of the great 20th and 21st century thinker-teacher....All the best, Mark


Posted by: Mark S. Weiss - Las Vegas, NV - email pen pal.....friend...   Apr 07, 2013

"Heroes have the whole earth for their tomb; in lands far from their own, where the column with its epitaph declares it, there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart."

Pericles' Funeral Oration as recorded by Thucydides


Posted by: Stephen - São Paulo, Brasil - Study his Works / Acquaintance   Apr 01, 2013

My late husband Michael Paley worked with Tom on a few books while employed as a copy editor at Transaction Publishers. Michael enjoyed talking to him and they developed a very warm, cordial relationship. He requested Michael specifically prior to his passing (end of 2006) to edit his books and was very upset to hear of his passing. While Michael was ill, he sent a gift basket of Kosher chocolate as it was Chanukah time. Michael very much admired Tom - I was sorry to hear of his passing.


Posted by: Andrea Pernikoff - Edison, NJ - wife of late Michael Paley   Jan 16, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for every Pioneers ! Thomas Stephen Szasz, M.D. was Pioneers ! All the Jedi Warrior already stand up ! All the Jedi Warrior already on fight position ! Although there are lots of bad news,but all the Jedi Warrior are still fighting ! Until all enemy are burnt to ashes and buried! The list already complete !


Posted by: Kill Bill    Dec 26, 2012

I just heard about Dr. Szasz's passing. As a college student at PSU in the late 70's, I read The Myth of Mental Illness. I keep a copy of that book in my personal archives and go back to it frequently for reference. I never met Dr. Szasz, but he had a profound impact on my formation of mental "diseases". I appreciate his body of work, his honesty and dedication to disseminating truth. He will be missed, but his work will live on in books and in the hearts of those he helped to enlighten.


Posted by: Dona Witmer - Conestoga, PA - fan   Dec 23, 2012

The language of the Constitution, said Frederick Douglass in 1895, is "We the people-not we the white people, not even we the citizens, not we the privileged class, not we the high, not we the low, but we the people...we the human inhabitants; and if Negroes are people they are included in the benfits for which the Constitution of America was ordained and established."

I suggest that what Frederick Douglass said about the Negro, we now extend and apply to

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Posted by: Bill - Providence, RI   Nov 04, 2012

I owe you so much. Words cannot express the profound change your books have had on my perspectives on mental life. You have provided me with so many inspiring ideas over the years, I am a better psychologist thanks to you. You were a brave man and a great philosopher!


Posted by: Malin Hildebrand Karlén    Oct 22, 2012