Schizophrenia: The Facts / Edition 2

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Schizophrenia is one of the most traumatic psychiatric conditions both for the patient and his family. It also suffers from frequent misinterpretation by the popular media. The disorder usually manifests itself through significant periods of hallucinations and bizarre delusions, but patients are not generally violent, and do have periods of remission. However, it is often difficult for them to maintain a regular lifestyle and relationships at home and at work, and many schizophrenics end up homeless on the streets of our cities.
This book provides a concise and up-to-date account of the underlying causes and symptoms of schizophrenia. The authors are psychiatrists with many years of experience in the treatment of schizophrenia. They look at all the current treatment options, both medical and psychological, together with likely side effects and the problem of compliance with treatment. The role of the family and the community in caring for schizophrenic patients is also considered. This book will provide a welcome source of information both for the families of schizophrenics and for the medical personnel involved in their care.

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(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.
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"Impressive...and readable without requiring a professional background."--The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (on the first edition)

Michael J. Schrift
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. "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. "The intended audience is the intelligent lay reader. Psychiatrically trained professionals as well as other medical professionals would also benefit from this book. "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. "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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192627605
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Facts Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 9.13 (w) x 5.44 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 What is schizophrenia? 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Defining the terms 5
3 Diagnosis 12
4 Symptoms 22
Sect. 2 Schizophrenia: the central questions 31
5 Introduction 33
6 How common is schizophrenia? 35
7 Is schizophrenia inherited? 41
8 How does the environment affect schizophrenia? 57
9 Is schizophrenia a disease of the brain? 74
Sect. 3 Meeting the challenge of schizophrenia 89
10 Introduction 91
11 Treating schizophrenia 96
12 Biological therapies 101
13 Non-biological therapies 112
14 The role of the hospital in modern mental health care 120
Sect. 4 Caring and coping in a changing social environment 129
15 Introduction 131
16 What special problems does the schizophrenic person face? 133
17 Prognosis 154
18 Summary 166
App. 1 List of family and patient support groups 168
Further reading 170
Index 171
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