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'Freedom is more important than health': Thomas Szasz and the problem of paternalism

Moncrieff, JM; (2014) 'Freedom is more important than health': Thomas Szasz and the problem of paternalism. International Psychiatry , 11 (2) pp. 46-48. Green open access

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Abstract

When Thomas Szasz summed up his philosophical principles at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ annual meeting in Edinburgh in 2010, he declared that ‘freedom is more important than health’. Psychiatry is the arena in which the conflict between freedom and health comes most sharply into focus, according to Szasz. This paper proposes some parallels with medicine in low-income countries for pointers towards a resolution of this conflict.

Type: Article
Title: 'Freedom is more important than health': Thomas Szasz and the problem of paternalism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/PUB_IPv11n2.pdf
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the International Psychiatry Open Access Licence Agreement (http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/PUB_IPOpenAccess%20Licence_Feb13.pdf).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1502196
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