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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (14 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415227186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415227186
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 805,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book presents arguments so profound that you (the reader) will never be able to think of "schizophrenia" in the same way; it may even help you stop thinking about it at all.' - Tony Lavender, Director. Salomans Centre for Applied Social & Psychological Development 'This is a marvellous piece of scholarship. Boyle's analysis is relentless, exceedingly informative, and will undoubtedly be disturbing to all that find comfort in fuzzy thinking, conventional wisdom and unexamined evidence.' - Stuart A. Kirk, Professor and Marjorie Crump Chair, School of Public Policy and Social Research, University of California

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Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion?, first published in 1990, made a very significant contribution to the debates on the concepts of schizophrenia and mental illness. These concepts remain both influential and controversial and this new updated second edition provides an incisive critical analysis of the debates over the last decade. As well as providing updated versions of the historical and scientific arguments against the concept of schizophrenia which formed the basis of the first edition, Boyle covers significant new material relevant to today's debates, including: The development of DSM-IV's version of 'schizophrenia' Analysis of social, psychological and linguistic processes which construct 'schizophrenia' as a reasonable version of reality A detailed critical evaluation of recent alternatives to the concept of schizophrenia Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion? demonstrates that the need for analysis and debate on these issues is as great as ever and that we need to question how we think about and manage what we call "madness".


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