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Friday, February 13, 2009

An atlas of schizophrenia. By Stefan Martin, Travis Mike, Murray Robin

(The encyclopedia of visual medicine series)
CRC Press LLC | 2002 | ISBN: 1850700745 | 89 pages | PDF | 5 Mb | rar

Schizophrenia is a puzzle. An atlas is probably not the most obvious format for a book on schizophrenia but the authors have succeeded in producing a useful and interesting one.

Schizophrenia is a puzzle. Emil Kraepelin considered that his life's work had resulted merely in progress in understanding the psychoses, not a solution. Gottesman and Shields regarded the causes of schizophrenia as being an epigenetic puzzle, an analogy that continues to serve us well. Research in this area seems to produce ever more pieces, rather than fitting them together.

Diagrams, tables and figures give contemporary views an immediate impact, with modern techniques of investigation, such as neuroimaging, being particularly well suited to this format. These are balanced by the paintings from the Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum that entertain and fascinate alongside the factual information: they give an impression of the human as well as scientific and psychiatric aspects of schizophrenia.

Thus, the book provides a useful map for all.

1 Clinical features
2 Epidemiology and risk factors
3 Pathogenesis
4 Neurochemistry and pharmacotherapy
5 Psychosocial treatment



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