Thomas Szasz: The Rebel Who Changed Psychiatry

Dr. Thomas Szasz wasn’t a popular figure in his chosen specialty of psychiatry, in part because he denounced his colleagues as little more than quacks and questioned whether the disorders they were diagnosing even existed. Indeed, Szasz’s controversial 1961 book, The Myth of Mental Illness, contained the mental health equivalent of the 95 Theses that Martin Luther nailed to a church door in Wittenberg. Szasz, who died on Sept. 8 at age 92 at his home near Syracuse, N.Y.,  charged that there …

The Takeaway: Medicare Extends Obesity Coverage; HHS Says Penalize Nursing Homes For Sedating Seniors

Medicare will now cover obesity counseling and screening to help eligible beneficiaries lose weight. And HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson says Medicare officials need to do more to stop nursing homes from drugging dementia patients withy psychiatric meds.