Schizophrenia Genesis (Series of Books in Psychology) Paperback – 21 Nov 1990
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Still timely and has inspired efforts in gene-finding.
Published at the end of 1991, the book has since been translated and accepted widely,in Japan and Germany, by both scientists and the families of the mentally ill. The book, with its emphasis on an interaction of genes and experience and environment, has inspired the recent efforts at identifying specific gene regions on a handfull of chromosomes using the latest techniques from molecular genetics. These successes put schizophrenia into the same class of complex human disorders as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and Alzheimer disease. Recent developments in this field can be pursued almost monthly in Nature-Genetics, Cell, and the American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics).
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Citing adoption studies, he notes that children of schizophrenics who are adopted by non-schizophrenic parents have a higher likelihood of developing the disease than the general population. Concomitantly, children of parents who do not have schizophrenia, when adopted by parents with schizophrenia, have no more likelihood of developing the illness than the general population.
He looks at the properties of certain drugs that have a propensity to bring about schizophrenia and notes that they all have dopamine stimulating properties.
This is a very good book for anyone interested in schizophrenia. It can be somewhat technical so a background in psychology, social work, psychiatry or neuroscience is helpful. However, it is still accessible to anyone who has a specific interest in this illness. Another good book that is less technical is E. Fuller Torey's book, Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers.
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