Liberation by Oppression

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Liberation by Oppression: A Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry
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Author Thomas Szasz
Country United States
Language English
Subject Psychiatry
Published 2000
Media type Print
ISBN 978-0-7658-0145-6

Liberation by Oppression: A Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry is a 2002 work on, and a critique of, psychiatry by Thomas Szasz.


Szasz compares the justification of psychiatry with the justification of slavery in the United States – both necessarily denying the subject's right to personhood.


Reviews on this book were published by Psychiatric Services,[1] The British Journal of Psychiatry,[2][3] The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty,[4] and The Independent Review.[5]


  1. ^ Padykula, Nora LaFond (April 2004). "Liberation by Oppression". Psychiatric Services 55 (4): 461. doi:10.1176/ ISSN 1557-9700. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Persaud, Raj (2003). "Liberation by Oppression". The British Journal of Psychiatry 182 (3): 273. doi:10.1192/bjp.182.3.273. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Schaler, J. A. (2003). "Slavery and psychiatry". The British Journal of Psychiatry 183 (1): 77–78. doi:10.1192/bjp.183.1.77-a. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Doherty, Brian (April 2004). "Liberation by Oppression". The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty: 44–46. 
  5. ^ Baker, Robert (Winter 2003). "Psychiatry’s Gentleman Abolitionist". The Independent Review VII (3): 455–460. ISSN 1086-1653. Retrieved 12 February 2012.