The Epidemiology of Schizophrenia

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Overview

This comprehensive epidemiological overview of schizophrenia includes findings from social, genetic, developmental and classical epidemiology.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: John Claro Onate, BS, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: "This is a summation and review of the various approaches to understanding the nature and origins of schizophrenia and future developments in the research and perspective of schizophrenia. "
Purpose: The purpose is to bring together and unify the various research studies of schizophrenia. This is a very important topic and after over 100 years, we still have a limited understanding of this disorder. The editors fulfilled their purpose with a concise but quite comprehensive and thought-provoking book.
Audience: Graduate level students in medicine, public health, epidemiology, and mental health are the audience. Readers will need an understanding of epidemiology to understand this book fully, although the chapter summaries are very helpful. The authors have done their homework and show a deep understanding and insight into the material.
Features: The book covers the social epidemiology and geographical nature of schizophrenia, revealing, interestingly, that patients fared worst in industrialized counties compared to third world countries. Outcome studies are covered and the strengths and weaknesses of descriptive studies are discussed, then developmental and disease progression. Genetic studies, both classical and molecular, of schizophrenia are next, revealing evidence for multiple locations of genetic causes. The next sections cover important but sometimes overlooked aspects of medical health, suicide, and substance abuse in these patients. The final sections are discussions on the categorical versus dimensional diagnosis and preventive care for schizophrenia.
Assessment: This is a refreshing and helpful book that presents an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of schizophrenia. It is also a great book to learn about the application of epidemiology on mental health. The sections on medical health, suicide, and substance abuse are helpful for clinical practice. The section on diagnosis makes the reader think about the strengths and weaknesses of psychiatric diagnosis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521775403
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Born 31/1/1944.

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. Born 24/1/1960.

Chair of the Division of Epidemiology at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; and Head of the Epidemiology of Brain Disorders Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Born 13/7/1952.

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Born 8/4/1060.

Senior Lecturer and Wellcome Trust Advanced Research Fellow in the Division of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Born 2/6/1965.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Foreword
I The social epidemiology of schizophrenia
1 Investigating socioenvironmental influences in schizophrenia: conceptual and design issues 5
2 Geographical variation in incidence, course and outcome of schizophrenia: a comparison of developing and developed countries 18
3 Temporal variation in the incidence, course and outcome of schizophrenia 34
4 Urbanization, migration and risk of schizophrenia 49
II The developmental epidemiology of schizophrenia
5 Prenatal and perinatal risk factors for schizophrenia 74
6 Childhood development and later schizophrenia: evidence from genetic high-risk and birth cohort studies 100
7 Prodrome, onset and early course of schizophrenia 124
8 The value of first-episode studies in schizophrenia 148
9 Schizophrenia at the extremes of life 167
III The genetic epidemiology of schizophrenia
10 The 'classical' genetic epidemiology of schizophrenia 194
11 Molecular genetics and epidemiology in schizophrenia: a necessary partnership 220
12 Gene-environment correlation and interaction in schizophrenia 235
13 Investigating gene-environment interaction in schizophrenia using neuroimaging 254
IV Special issues in the epidemiology of schizophrenia
14 Mortality and physical illness in schizophrenia 275
15 The clinical epidemiology of suicide in schizophrenia 288
16 What is the relationship between substance abuse and schizophrenia? 317
17 Criminal and violent behaviour in schizophrenia 343
V Future directions and emerging issues
18 Diagnosis and classification of schizophrenia: categories versus dimensions, distributions versus disease 364
19 The implications of epidemiology for service planning in schizophrenia 411
20 Prevention of schizophrenia - not an impossible dream 427
Glossary of epidemiological terms 441
Index 447
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