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Schizophrenia
Author: Ronald Chase

ISBN: 9781421410913
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 11 September 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4
Description:


When bright lives are derailed by schizophrenia, bewildered and anxious families struggle to help, and to cope, even as scientists search for causes and treatments that prove elusive. Painful and often misunderstood, schizophrenia profoundly affects people who have the disease and their loved ones. Here Ronald Chase, an accomplished biologist, sets out to discover the facts about the disease and better understand what happened to his older brother, Jim, who developed schizophrenia as a young adult.

Chase's account alternates between a fiercely loyal and honest memoir and rigorous scientific exploration. He finds scientific answers to deeply personal questions about the course of his brother's illness. He describes psychiatric practice from the 1950s-when electroconvulsive shock therapy was common and the use of antipsychotic medications was in its infancy-to the development of newer treatments in the 1990s. Current medical and scientific research increases our understanding of genetic and environmental causes of the disease.

Chase also explores the stigma of mental illness, the evolution of schizophrenia, the paradox of its persistenc...

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