Year: 1980 Source: London: Peter Owen, 1980. p.185-198 SIEC No: 19911168

Szasz argues that suicide is a product of choice by an agent, not a symptom of a disease beyond the control of the individual, & that such a choice must be respected by psychiatrists, police, & others who might attempt to intervene in suicide. He recognizes that suicide is “medical heresy”, but argues that the paternalistic prevention of suicide – whether by fraud or force – results in a “far-reaching infantilization & dehumanization of the suicidal person”. (15 refs.)