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December 1992

Schizophrenia, Genetic Retrenchment, and Epidemiologic RenaissanceThe Sixth Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia, Badgastein, Austria, January 26-February 1, 1992

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin (Dr Waddington), and Friern Hospital, London, England (Dr Weller). All information in this article reflects the notes and recollections of Drs Waddington and Weller. The authors have reported to the best of their abilities the substance of the conference, but the account has not been reviewed by each of the cited participants. Conclusions and interpretations are their opinions, except where noted.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1992;49(12):990-994. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1992.01820120078011

Science usually advances via a series of small but cummulative increments in knowledge, among which are interpolated those periodic quantum leaps that can follow radical intellectual insights or landmark technical developments; furthermore, in the course of such advancement, experimental and/or theoretical approaches that have become prominent can lose that prominence (temporarily or permanently) to other (new or reemergent) approaches, and thus science also proceeds, at least in part, as if influenced by "fashion." The reselection of the Alpine spa of Badgastein, Austria, as the venue for the Sixth Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia, from January 26 to February 1, 1992, brought with it local publicity extolling the virtues of the radon-secreting granite for its mineral baths. Contrary attitudes to radon exposure prevail widely elsewhere. Fashions change, and perhaps this was symbolically an appropriate venue for a workshop at which some realignment of contemporary approaches to schizophrenia was apparent.


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