Anti-psychiatry: the Psychology of Freedom

A Selected Bibliography


Fifth Estate # 371, Winter 2006

FE note: see related article Review, Toxic Psychiatry in this issue.

Breggin’s foundation web site:

Books that are broadly influential on the anti-psychiatry movement:

Laing, R.D. & Esterson, A. (1964) Sanity, Madness, and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics. Penguin Books. ISBN 0140211578

Laing, R.D. (1967) The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise. Penguin Books. ISBN 0140134867

Szasz, Thomas. Pain and Pleasure: A Study of Bodily Feelings (New York: Basic Books, 1957); 2nd ed. (New York: Basic Books, 1975); with a new Preface (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1988).

Szasz, Thomas. The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct (New York: Hoeber-Harper, 1961); rev. ed. (New York: Harper & Row, 1974).

Szasz, Thomas. The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the inquisition and the Mental Health Movement (New York: Harper & Row, 1970); with a new Preface (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1997).

Books about the link between Nazi Germany and psychiatry:

Roder, Thomas. Psychiatrists–The men behind Hitler: The architects of horror. 2005.

Alexander, Leo. “Public Mental Health Practices in Germany: Sterilization and Execution of Patients Suffering from Nervous or Mental Disease” from National Archives, Combined Intelligence Objective Subcommittee, G2 Division, SHAEF (Rear) APO 413. (1949)

Aly, Gotz et. al., Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994)

Burleigh, Michael, and Wipperman, Wolfgang. The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

A eugenics article that gave me nightmares:

Caldwell, John Harvey. “Babies by Scientific Selection.” The Scientific American 124 (March 1934)