Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction

Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Chris Frith, By (author) Eve C. Johnstone

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 109mm x 168mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192802216
  • ISBN 13: 9780192802217
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones
  • Sales rank: 145,331

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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 press reports 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 this disorder. 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Eve C. Johnstone MD, FRCP, FRCPsych is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh. In addition to an extensive clinical practice she conducts large scale research on all aspects of schizophrenia designed to improve treatment and identify risk factors. She has published over 300 scientific papers and among other books, is senior editor of the Companion to Psychiatry Studies (Harcourt, Brace, 1998) and Schizophrenia: Concepts and Clinical management CUP, 1999.

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Table of contents

1. CASE STUDIES PAST AND PRESENT ; 2. The concept of schizophrenia ; 3. Intellectual functioning in schizophrenia ; 4. SCHIZOPHRENIA AND DRUGS ; 5. Biological factors ; 6. Environmental factors ; 7. UNDERSTANDING THE SYMPTOMS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA ; 8. The importance of schizophrenia