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Surviving Schizophrenia, A Manual for Families, Consumers and Providers.
4th edition
E. Fuller Torrey

HarperCollins: 1995.
Since its first publication nearly twenty years ago, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease, helping thousands of patients, families, and mental health professionals to better deal with the condition. In clear and compassionate language, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey explains the nature causes, symptoms, and treatment of this often misunderstood illness. The classic guide also addresses the many issues of living with the disease, for both patient and family, and includes the latest research findings on the causes of and treatments for schizophrenia. Also here are lucid answers to the questions most commonly asked by families, consumers, and providers. This fully revised fourth edition of Surviving Schizophrenia is a must-have for the multitude of people affected -- both directly and indirectly -- by this serious, yet treatable, disorder.  -- Amazon Review
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Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of the Patient with Schizophrenia
by Henry A. Nasrallah, Donald J. Smeltzer
Associates in Medical Marketing Co., Inc.; 1st edition (January 1, 2003)
The recent development of new classes of psychoactive drugs has led to advances in the treatment of schizophrenia. This handy reference is a valuable prescribing guide as well as a primer on the complexities of diagnosis. --Amazon Review

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Diagnosis: Schizophrenia
by Rachel Miller (Editor), Susan Elizabeth Mason (Editor),
Publisher: Columbia University Press; (October 15, 2002)
In the United States, one out of every 100 people suffers from schizophrenia, the mental illness that afflicts Nobel prize winner John Nash, the subject of Sylvia Nasar's A Beautiful Mind and the Ron Howard film of the same name. In this atmosphere of heightened awareness, Miller (M.S.W., Hillside Hosp., NY) and Mason (social work, Yeshiva Univ.) present an excellent guide for patients and their families dealing with the onset and long-term effects of schizophrenia. Intermingled with firsthand accounts by 35 patients is jargon-free information by mental health specialists on the initial diagnosis and beginning of treatment, answers to frequently asked questions, the physiology of the brain, a basic explanation of the illness, the state of research on the origins of the disease, dealing with family and friends, coping with side effects and negative symptoms, using drugs and alcohol, getting the services necessary to recover, and today's new generation of antipsychotic medications. The appendixes include state phone numbers for client assistance programs, national mental-health advocacy organizations, and vocational rehabilitation programs, but surprisingly none of the state agencies responsible for mental health services in hundreds of community mental health centers. Still, the heartfelt delivery of these comprehensive and vital data will facilitate a greater understanding of a complex disease. Essential for all public libraries. -----  Dale Farris, Groves, TX  Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Schizophrenia Revealed: From Neurons to Social Interactions
by Michael Foster Green,
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (June 15, 2001)
A modern view of schizophrenia based on neuroscience that goes far beyond the symptoms of the illness. "Green has lifted the bar in this realm of explanatory neuroscience-based psychiatry. If you wish to read an enjoyable and instructive primer on what we know about schizophrenia at the beginning of the 21st century, you could do no better than to choose Schizophrenia Revealed." ŚNew England Journal of Medicine
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