The Case Against Psychiatric Coercion
By Thomas S. Szasz
This article appeared in the Spring 1997 issue of The Independent Review

Although government-sanctioned force is used less openly today in the West to advance political and religious agendas, it is still commonly used in the name of “mental health.” The checkered history of the involuntary confinement of noncriminal “patients” reveals that this practice rests on pseudo-scientific assumptions and has undermined legal rights and individual responsibility.z

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