By Thomas Szasz

ISBN-10: 0815605110

ISBN-13: 9780815605119

During this brief paintings, Dr. Szasz takes goal at traditional psychiatry, and on the attendent method of courts, hospitals, and psychiatrists who confine sufferers opposed to their will. the point of interest is a superb court docket case related to a guy forcibly devoted to a Florida asylum for 14 years. In refuting the commonly held concept that the Donaldson case represents an development within the rights of psychological sufferers, Dr. Szasz has positioned the yankee criminal institutions on trial.

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Or, sometimes, the fetishist simply fondles, smells, or gazes at his fetish. Or, at other times, the fetishist wears the garment himself. Freud’s comments do not help us to decide who is wearing the fetish. However, they do clarify the accidental circumstances leading up to the choice of the fetish. According to Freud, the transformation of this ordinary supporter into a fetish was inspired by a fig leaf seen on a statue when the fetishist was a little boy. But this solution just leads to another conundrum.

38 But, Gay then raises a forceful criticism of Freud’s re-examination of the developmental schedules of boys and girls. ”39 U n r av e l i n g F r e u d o n F e t i s h i s m 23 As Gay depicts the changes in Freud’s thinking, “his robust and caustic language” represented “a turn to the right, subverting his own idea,”40 so congenial to the feminists of that time, that males and females have very similar psychological histories. ”41 However, while Gay attributes this sea change to Freud’s attempt to puzzle through some difficulties in his new way of thinking about the Oedipus complex, I am, as I mentioned earlier, attributing these “caustic” and “scurrilous” attitudes toward women to the physical castrations that Freud had endured and continued to endure until the end of his life.

Much of Freud’s suffering was due to the outcomes of the second surgical procedure, which had joined the mouth with the nasal passages. This drastic surgery required the insertion of a prosthesis, a huge denture-like apparatus, designed to block off the gaping wound in his mouth, separating it from the nasal cavity. ”18 Since the prosthesis made it impossible for Freud to open his mouth wide, it was difficult to remove it for a few hours of relief from the pressure it caused, or to replace it afterwards.

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