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Thomas Stephen Szasz

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At first Szasz was only a name I heard in my psychology studies; I didn't get why it always seemed slightly scandalous. I found out when I started reading him for myself, which kept me from ever drinking the psychiatric Koolaid and set me on the independent path I'm proud to follow today. Tom's respect for the capabilities of the human mind was unmatched, as was his impatience with sham and hypocrisy. For decades,he was my srongest inspiration; in the

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Posted by: Dr. Judith Schlesinger - Dobbs Ferry, NY   Sep 13, 2012

We thank you for your life's work and that your mind is still with us. Condolences to family and friends from Polish IAAPA Section.


Posted by: Joanna & Andrzej Skulski - Berlin, DE   Sep 13, 2012

Dr. Szasz was one of the great intellectuals and advocates of liberty of his time. He wrote with clarity, precision, humor, and grace. The best way to honor his life is to read his books.


Posted by: Nicolas Martin - Indianapolis, IN   Sep 13, 2012

We lost a gret friend and a philosopher who inspired out thought.


Posted by: Giorgio Antonucci and Piero Colacicchi - Firenze, Italy - friends   Sep 13, 2012

Tom was a giant blessed with a stunningly original intellect and the ability to communicate it.

He was brave, courageous, and unyielding in the defense of individual liberty.

He will be missed terribly, but his books, lectures, and articles stand as a magnificent repository of wisdom and I, for one, am grateful beyond measure.

Rest well Thomas.


Posted by: Bruce Wiseman - Los Angeles, CA - Friend, Colleague   Sep 13, 2012

Suzy I was so sorry to hear about your father. We had just talked about how he was doing at the reunion so it came as a surprise. I remember him so fondly. He was always such a force of nature... full of energy,a quick wit,a wonderful sense of humor, and always a twinkle in his eyes. Your house was always a welcoming place, and the many happy times we spent there hold many cherished memories! I may not have

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Posted by: cheryl feder - penfield, NY - friend   Sep 13, 2012

I am a clinical social who has worked in the local mental health care field now for over 40 years. I attribute the development of my clinical skills and acumen to experiences and teachers at SUNY UMC. Chief among those teachers was your father. It was your father’s distinctive influence that made me think about my thinking. As such, he forever occupies a singular position in my mind and soul, and for me, was divinity appearing in the form of

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Posted by: Joe Masterleo - Syracuse, NY   Sep 13, 2012

Tom was the greatest physician of our time. He didn't discover any new diseases or invent any new treatments. He just understood the doctor -patient relationship and restored dignity and respect to it.

I was proud to correspond with him since 1986 and help put on the debate he had with Dr. Torrey. Tom cited me in the acknowledgments of CRUEL COMPASSION. He was humble about his achievements.

I will miss him, terribly.

David Herman


Posted by: David Herman - Long Island, NY - friend   Sep 13, 2012

Suzy+Larry, Margot,Steve+Andrew- I was so saddened to read of your Father's death. The world has lost a tremendous man. I will always remember him as such a gentleman. Whenever I pass the house on Bradford I think of so many great times spent there. You are all in my thoughts. Mary Whalen Malay


Posted by: Mary Whalen Malay - Jamesville, NY   Sep 13, 2012

I knew you would die some day, Thomas Szasz, but my heart is still broken.
I loved you because you loved Liberty more than I did.
Your written words were my friends from the moment I met them.
And the truth of your thoughts and the passion of your voice
were inexorable, touching the ineffable certainty within.


Posted by: Art Thomas - Barboursville, VA   Sep 13, 2012