Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192802217

Chris Frith; Eve C. Johnstone
208 Pages
111 x 173 mm
Pub date
May 2003
Very Short Introductions


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  • Gives the facts about Schizophrenia - an illness much discussed but widely misrepresented in media, literature, and film
  • Explains the truth about one of the most fascinating and devastating mental illnesses: patients hear voices in their heads and hold bizarre beliefs
  • Accessible accounts of cutting edge research
  • Detailed descriptions of patients and their histories

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.
a short but mind-expanding book - Philip Graetzel, Focus


The Nature of Schizophrenia
1: Case studies past and present
2: The concept of schizophrenia
3: Intellectual functioning in schizophrenia

The Causes of Schizophrenia
4: Schizophrenia and drugs
5: Biological factors
6: Environmental factors 

Understanding schizophrenia
7: Understanding the symptoms of schizophrenia
8: The importance of schizophrenia

About the author: 

Chris Frith, Professor in Neuropsychology at University College London and deputy director of the Functional Imaging Laboratory at the Institute of Neurology
Eve C. Johnstone, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh

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