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December 21, 2005

Schizophrenia and the Chinese Famine of 1959-1961—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(23):2968-2969. doi:10.1001/jama.294.23.2968-b

In Reply: Dr Altschuler proposes that schizophrenia is a disease of recent origin, an important albeit probably minority view in psychiatry.1 Although provocative, the idea that a disease now widespread in both developed and developing societies emerged only 200 years ago, triggered by as yet unidentified mechanisms, suffers from logical and evidentiary problems.

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