Schizophrenia: A Brother Finds Answers In Biological Science by Ronald ChaseSchizophrenia: A Brother Finds Answers In Biological Science by Ronald Chase

Schizophrenia: A Brother Finds Answers In Biological Science

byRonald Chase

Paperback | September 4, 2013

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When bright lives are derailed by schizophrenia, bewildered and anxious families struggle to help, and to cope, even as scientists search for causes and treatments that prove elusive. Painful and often misunderstood, schizophrenia profoundly affects people who have the disease and their loved ones. Here Ronald Chase, an accomplished biologist, sets out to discover the facts about the disease and better understand what happened to his older brother, Jim, who developed schizophrenia as a young adult.

Chase’s account alternates between a fiercely loyal and honest memoir and rigorous scientific exploration. He finds scientific answers to deeply personal questions about the course of his brother’s illness. He describes psychiatric practice from the 1950s—when electroconvulsive shock therapy was common and the use of antipsychotic medications was in its infancy—to the development of newer treatments in the 1990s. Current medical and scientific research increases our understanding of genetic and environmental causes of the disease.

Chase also explores the stigma of mental illness, the evolution of schizophrenia, the paradox of its persistence despite low reproduction rates in persons with the disease, and the human stories behind death statistics. With the author’s intimate knowledge of the suffering caused by this disease, Schizophrenia emphasizes research strategies, the importance of sound scientific approaches, and the challenges that remain.

Ronald Chase is a professor emeritus of biology at McGill University. He is author of The Physical Basis of Mental Illness and Behavior and Its Neural Control in Gastropod Molluscs.
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Title:Schizophrenia: A Brother Finds Answers In Biological ScienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.57 inPublished:September 4, 2013Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781421410913

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While schizophrenia may be well known, it is widely misunderstood. Chase has successfully produced a succinct scientific overview of schizophrenia that also gives a touching insight into the lives of those affected by this complex disease.