E. Fuller Torrey to Debate Thomas Szasz
On Wednesday, October 30th at Towson State University in Maryland, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey will debate Thomas Szasz on "Serious mental illness: what to do about it.".
Thomas Szasz is an aging ex-psychiatrist who claims to believe there is no such thing as mental illness--that it is merely a label society uses to identify people who are different. It's sort of like belonging to the 'flat-earth society'. He ignores all the scientific neurobiological evidence and makes his money writing 'mental illness is a myth' books. He has a shrinking (no pun intended) following, including many scientologists/members of the citizens commission on human rights (sic). Unfortunately, the media plays disproportionate attention to him and his fellow traveler: Peter Breggin.
Fuller Torrey, as you know, is a leading discoverer of the neurobiology underlying schizophrenia. He will attempt to convince Szasz he is wrong, that mental illness really exists. (Hard to beleive it's 1996).
If you would like to learn more about the debate and attending it, contact:
Richard Zatz Towson State Univ College of Fine Arts and Communications
Towson, MD 21204-7097 Ph: (410) 830-3107 or (410) 683-6969 or Fax (410)
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