Overviews of Schizophrenia Research

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 44–46. Reviews the books, Schizophrenia: Empirical Research and Findings by Eckart R. Straube and Robert D. Oades (1992); and New Biological Vistas on Schizophrenia edited by Jean-Pierre Lindenmayer and Stanley R. Kay (1992). The book written by Straube and Oades presents a broad review of schizophrenia research, with emphasis on several topics (neuropsychology, psychophysiology, anatomy, and biochemistry) that have been the focus of intensive research efforts in recent years. Specific topics covered in detail in the 17 chapters include clinical symptoms, cognitive disturbances in thought, speech, memory, perception, and response, psychophysiological symptoms, neuropsychological test findings, genetic research, biochemical research, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapy. The major strength of the book is also somewhat of a drawback in the sense that the wide breadth of material reviewed requires simplification and de-emphasis of research findings not consistent with mainstream work. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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