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Books, Journals, New Media
April 27, 2005

Schizophrenia

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(16):2035-2039. doi:10.1001/jama.293.16.2037-a

Recovered, Not Cured is a courageous, first-person account of schizophrenia and recovery. Accounts of recovery from schizophrenia are important as a counterbalance to the prevailing view that it always has an inexorable downhill course. The movie A Beautiful Mind, based on mathematician John Nash’s life, is arguably the best known account of recovery (not cure) from schizophrenia. Although the movie is a highly fictionalized departure, it shows, like Sylvia Nasar’s biography of the same title, that for Nash, as for McLean, recovery consisted of a decrease in severity of symptoms along with a return of the ability to work and to form relationships. The Swiss psychiatrist Manfred Bleuler,1 after following patients for decades, reported that the majority showed improvement late in life. Harding and colleagues2 similarly found higher than anticipated rates of recovery in persons with chronic schizophrenia.

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