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Thomas Stephen Szasz

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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

I was shocked to learn of Dr. Szasz's death. It's still hard to believe he's gone this genius of a man. I owe him much. I was a psychiatric resident in the early 1960's at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse; Dr. Szasz was my mentor and my confidant. I remember well the battle we residents waged on his behalf to stand up for academic freedom and stop the State Bureaucracy from punishing him for his "inflamatory rhetoric." His passion

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Posted by: Eugene P. Trager - Lake Forest, IL - colleague   Sep 25, 2012

I discovered Dr Szasz's books while browsing in the city library. To my wonderful delight he opened the matter of psychotherapy as the Emperor's New Clothes in such lucid simplicity that I have continued to read his publications for years. He confirmed what conclusions I had come to when I sought professional help for myself and family. None of what they offered was of any use.
At length I had occasion to query him concerning some thoughts in one of his

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Posted by: Jess Ware - Kansas City, MO - acquaintance   Sep 20, 2012

I read Szasz's work along with R. D. Laing and Berger and Luckmann's The Social Construction of Reality. From all of these writers I learned to think differently about the "reality" of psychiatric diagnoses and always to look at symptoms in the social context. His influence on me was profound, and I am saddened by his passing.

Posted by: Hendrika Vande Kemp - Annandale, VA - A reader and admirer of his work   Sep 20, 2012