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Schizophrenia Genesis (Series of Books in Psychology) Paperback – 21 Nov 1990

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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd (21 Nov. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716721473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716721475
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The overwhelming stress that a family experiences as a result of the diagnosis of a psychotic disorder is beyond words. One thing that can help is to learn as much about the disease as possible. Although a cure for schizophrenia has yet to be found, Gottesman has successfully outlined this disease in an understandable and informative book. It has provided me with a much better understnding of a disease with an incredible social stigma.
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This is a brilliant book with loads of back ground information. I used this while i was at uni to complete my schizophrenia assignment, then bought it again recently to read it again. It covers all of the main topics, and the background stories that are included are very interesting. This is a book i will defo be keeping on my book shelf.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91e5f480) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x918fa558) out of 5 stars Well written and comprehensive 27 Jun. 1999
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The overwhelming stress that a family experiences as a result of the diagnosis of a psychotic disorder is beyond words. One thing that can help is to learn as much about the disease as possible. Although a cure for schizophrenia has yet to be found, Gottesman has successfully outlined this disease in an understandable and informative book. It has provided me with a much better understnding of a disease with an incredible social stigma.
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HASH(0x91c2fd8c) out of 5 stars Diathesis Stressor Model for Schizophrenia 6 May 2009
By Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, the author proposes the diathesis-stressor model of schizophrenia inheritability. This means that certain genes are activated by an environmental stressor such as drugs or trauma. He negates the environmental model for schizophrenia as well as the strictly Mendelian model. People who have close relatives with schizophrenia are more likely to pass down the genetic markers for this illness.

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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By Stacy R. Stafford - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was cited in several journals I was researching so I thought I'd purchase the book myself. I have found it to be very interesting and am quite enjoying the book.
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