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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Scott Levine, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book presents an interesting, broad, and surprisingly balanced survey of the research done on the neuropathology of schizophrenia.
Purpose: The editors and authors have attempted to survey the progress made toward understanding the microscopic and gross neuropathologic findings correlated with schizophrenia. Unlike many other surveys, this book (often excruciatingly) balances the promise and significance of these studies' findings with the methodological problems that continue to temper these findings.
Audience: Although the targeted audience is not named, this text would likely be very helpful for graduate students seeking a balanced survey of the current research in this field. Psychiatric (and, perhaps, some neurology) practitioners who are interested in a balanced survey of the progress made in this field will also find this welcome, but may be disappointed that the clinical utility of this knowledge base is still quite limited.
Features: Explanations of findings are clearly presented, and the illustrations are, for the most part, helpful. However, tables that attempt to provide a comprehensive survey of studies about certain subjects, and the limitations of these studies, are often long and cluttered. References are voluminous and current.
Assessment: This book fulfills its purpose to broadly and fairly present the progress being made in this field.