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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of this book on an often-devastating disorder, schizophrenia. Written by internationally recognized experts for the lay reader, it is an excellent book covering the important aspects of this syndrome. This book is a valuable contribution to psychiatry and the general public.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the lay reader with the important facts about this syndrome. The authors are concerned with helping relatives and close friends of schizophrenics and those whose work may involve contact with schizophrenics to understand the condition more clearly. The authors have succeeded in their aim.
Audience: The intended audience is "the intelligent lay reader." Psychiatrically trained professionals as well as other medical professionals would also benefit from this book.
Features: Topics covered include "What is schizophrenia?" which discusses terms, diagnosis and symptoms. Section two covers the prevalence, genetics, etiology, and pathophysiology in easily read prose. Sections three and four cover treatment, special problems schizophrenics face, and the prognosis. The appendix lists family and patient support groups. The book does not use literature citations, but does provide a reading list. There is a useful index at the back of the book.
Assessment: This is an exceptional second edition of this book written for laymen on schizophrenia. Any clinician who is involved in the treatment of patients with chronic psychoses should recommend this book to the families of their patients.