Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
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.
Neugebauer R. Schizophrenia and the Chinese Famine of 1959-1961—Reply. JAMA. 2005;294(23):2968-2969. doi:10.1001/jama.294.23.2968-b