Reviews

Essentials of Schizophrenia

Although this book is offered as an overview of the clinical essentials of the diagnostic category of schizophrenia, the title is misleading as the ‘essentials’ detailed are largely restricted to those that are biomedical. The individual chapters, written by prominent clinicians and researchers in the field, present a summary of its epidemiology, symptom profile, associated impairments and optimal treatment strategies. The first two chapters provide relevant background relating to epidemiology, symptoms and outcome, but I think they could have included discussion of the validity of the diagnosis and reference to stress diathesis/continuum models which acknowledge that we are all vulnerable to developing psychosis

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