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Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction

Chris Frith
Eve C. Johnstone

22 May 2003

ISBN: 9780192802217

208 pages

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Very Short Introductions

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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 the mind and the brain.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

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

Table of Contents

    The Nature of Schizophrenia1:Case studies past and present
    2:The concept of schizophrenia
    3:Intellectual functioning in schizophrenia
    The Causes of Schizophrenia4:Schizophrenia and drugs
    5:Biological factors
    6:Environmental factors
    Understanding schizophrenia7:Understanding the symptoms of schizophrenia
    8:The importance of schizophrenia


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