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  • The strict meaning of 'disease'
    David Herman

    Dr. Mortimer J. Adler says:

    "It is clear that in the strict meaning of 'disease' only the body can suffer lesions; the intellect as such cannot be diseased, though it can be affected by a diseased body."

    This supports Dr. Thomas Szasz's interpretation of mental illness as a metaphor.

    Adler, M.J. 1937. WHAT MAN HAS MADE OF MAN, page 204

    Szasz, T.S. 1961 THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS...

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