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May 6, 1961

Chronic Schizophrenia: Explorations in Theory and Treatment

JAMA. 1961;176(5):470. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040180072033

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This symposium by 18 well-experienced contributors representing the fields of biology, physiology, psychiatry, anthropology, and psychology presents a wealth of recent significant thinking and information on chronic schizophrenia, an aggregate of conditions accounting for approximately 50% of the essentially constant state hospital population.

It is not possible to summarize the individual essays, but certain points made repeatedly throughout the book can be given. Chronic schizophrenia is common to mankind and not the product of a geographic area, a culture, or a race. Hence, any satisfactory approach to an understanding of it must be couched in similarly comprehensive terms, not in terms of any one man's thinking, one discipline's concepts, or the social and family organization and interaction of any one culture.

Unlike the established, narrow, limited concepts of psychiatric therapy, which is often concerned primarily with the furtherance of some selected philosophical system, any adequate treatment must rather be oriented

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