Madness in the Streets: How Psychiatry and the Law Abandoned the Mentally Ill

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De-institutionalization has been criticized for putting hundreds of mentally ill people on the streets. This book examines the social and political causes of de-institutionalization - the tendency in the 1960s to see the mentally ill as merely different, and hostility to institutional oppression.

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Rael Jean Isaac, co-author of "The Coercive Utopians," earned her Ph.D. in sociology. She writes on political issues for several national periodicals. Virginia C. Armat, a former editor at "Reader's Digest," writes on contemporary issues.

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Taking aim at advocacy groups who view the homeless as ordinary people down on their luck, the authors of this scorching critique cite findings that 30% to 40% of the homeless suffer from major mental illness, and that a high proportion are substance abusers. Isaac, a sociologist, and freelance journalist Armat, blame the abandonment of the homeless mentally ill on the anti-psychiatry movement (led by Thomas Szasz, Ronald Laing, among others), on civil libertarians and on psychiatrists who foster the "delusion that preventive community psychiatry could eliminate mental illness." Arguing that we have replaced the mental hospital with the 18th-century poorhouse which threw together the mentally ill, the retarded, criminals and the displaced, they warn that a humane system of care will be costly and might involve treatment of some mentally ill persons against their will. Their support for judicious use of electroshock therapy will also stir controversy.
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