Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 31, 2003

byChris Frith, Eve C. Johnstone

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Schizophrenia is the archetypal form of madness. Schizophrenia is a common disorder and has a devastating effect on sufferers and their families-patients typically hear voices in their heads and hold bizarre beliefs. The schizophrenic patient presented to the public in sensational pressreports and lurid films bears little resemblance to reality of the illness. This book describes what schizophrenia is really like, how the illness progresses, and the treatments that have been applied. It also summarizes the most up-to-date knowledge available about the biological bases of thisdisorder. Finally it attempts to give some idea of what it is like to have schizophrenia and what this disorder tells us about the relationship between mind and brain.

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Schizophrenia is the archetypal form of madness. Schizophrenia is a common disorder and has a devastating effect on sufferers and their families-patients typically hear voices in their heads and hold bizarre beliefs. The schizophrenic patient presented to the public in sensational pressreports and lurid films bears little resemblance t...

Chris Frith FRS is Professor in Neuropsychology at University College London and deputy director of the Functional Imaging Laboratory at the Institute of Neurology. He is a Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and uses brain imaging techniques to investigate the neural correlates of consciousness in health and disease. He has published ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:July 31, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780192802217

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from An o.k. start In this book, you will find reports of people with schizophrenia before and after antipsychotic drugs were introduced in psychiatry. Descriptions of possible symptoms related to the illness, like auditory hallucinations, incoherence and hebetude. Mental changes caused by hallucinogenic drugs like cannabis and ecstasy. Possible biological causes, like genetics, and also environmental factors like institutionalization or being part of a dysfuntional family. The correlation between schizophrenia and intelligence. And more.
Date published: 2009-09-09

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Table of Contents

The Nature of Schizophrenia1. Case studies past and present2. The concept of schizophrenia3. Intellectual functioning in schizophreniaThe Causes of Schizophrenia4. Schizophrenia and drugs5. Biological factors6. Environmental factorsUnderstanding schizophrenia7. Understanding the symptoms of schizophrenia8. The importance of schizophrenia

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`a short but mind-expanding book'Philip Graetzel, Focus