The Gold Standard of Disease versus the Fiat Standard of Diagnosis
By Thomas S. Szasz
This article appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of The Independent Review
Medical science needs a clear, objective demarcation between disease and nondisease. Our current, elastic definition of disease imperils the scientific integrity of medical scientists and clear thinking about illness and treatment by physicians, patients, politicians, and the public.
|Other Independent Review articles by Thomas S. Szasz|
|Spring 2001||The Therapeutic State|
|Spring 1997||The Case Against Psychiatric Coercion|