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Thomas Stephen Szasz

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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

Thank you Tom for turning on so many lights for me in what can be a very dark world.
You will be missed by those who knew you and by millions who will never hear you name.

Posted by: Peter Chist - Cazenovia, NY - Friend   Oct 15, 2012

I discovered the work of Dr. Szasz in 1967. I heard him speak in Syracuse, New York, in 1971, at the first meeting of the AAAIMH, and in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1974. I exchanged several letters with him, and he kindly sent me an inscribed copy of his 1971 book IDEOLOGY AND INSANITY. I look upon Dr. Szasz and Ayn Rand as the two greatest American moral philosophers of the twentieth century. I shall be eternally grateful to them for their books, essays, clarity of thought and writing, and moral courage.

Posted by: David Schroth - St. Louis, MO   Oct 09, 2012

I was Dr. Szas's secretary for a short time in 1957 and reconnected during the past few years over the pro-life issue. He was a great man and wonderful person. I typed the beginning of "The Myth of Mental Illness" manuscript and was surprised to find it in book stores out here in California years later. I was so sorry to read of his death and send my condolences to his beloved family. Sincerely, Carole Roadarmel

Posted by: Carole (Hayes) Roadarmel - Santa Maria, CA   Oct 04, 2012

天空如此阴霾,我心如此苍凉,你的离去,只不过是坚定了我们反击的意志!—— 来自中国 —————————————————— The sky is so haze, My heart is so desolate, Your departure, Firm our counterattack determination! From:China ------------------------------------- 你是一个英雄!你是一个斗士!斗士的终点是坟墓!我们会永远怀念你! ————来自中国的精神科幸存者 —————————————————— You are a hero! You are a fighter! Fighter’s terminal point is grave ! We will miss you forever! ————Psychiatric survivors from China

Posted by: Fight Back    Oct 03, 2012

I am very sad about Thomas Szasz's passing, now feeling a little bit alone.

In 2008, when I was a student of psychology in Regensburg, Germany, not satisfied with what I heard at university, I began trying out "Schizophrenie." At once I was enthralled by Szasz's language, acumen and sophistication, by his intellect. Since then nearly every single day until now I have been reading his writings. 17 books until now (I am a very slow reader, I want to understand

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Posted by: Thomas Maar - Regensburg, Germany   Oct 01, 2012

Sincere condolences on the loss of such an esteemed gentleman who I met when I was a kindergarten teacher at Charles Andrews School in Syracuse (1960 -1961) and had the good fortune to have Suzy in my class. She was such a bright, inquisitive youngster and a pleasure to have as a student.The Myth of Mental Illness was given to me at the end of the yearas a gift by the family and personalized to me. Interestingly, my sister-in-law (Lynn

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Posted by: Gloria Raskin - Mt. Kisco, NY   Oct 01, 2012

Thoughts and prayers to the Szasz family at your time of loss. Occurring as it did with the holydays must have been difficult for the family. Your father must be as proud of you now as he was during his time with you. Ose shalom bimromav.

Posted by: Thomas Bubnack - NY   Oct 01, 2012

Dr. Szasz was a scholar, a gentleman, and a good friend and colleague to my father, Robert Seidenberg, M.D. Dr. Szasz wrote to my father on a page of his book, The Myth of Mental Illness, "To Bob, a true friend, with deep affection and gratitude" and signed, "Tom, May 14, 1974." Dad died two years ago but I know if he were alive, he would want to say those words to "Tom" and his family. Dr. Szasz will be missed.

Posted by: Laurie Seidenberg - Charlottesville, VA   Sep 29, 2012