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June 25, 1982


JAMA. 1982;247(24):3362-3363. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320490058044

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Since their earliest days at the National Institute of Mental Health, John Strauss and William Carpenter have pursued the problem of clarifying the concept of schizophrenia with a tenacity that is awesome. This is fortunate for all of us interested in schizophrenia, because they have contributed so much to the enormous increase in our understanding of this most devastating of the major "functional" psychoses.

While they might easily have chosen to write a book summarizing only their own considerable contributions in the areas of diagnosis, assessment, family studies, outcome, and psychobiology of schizophrenia, they have instead provided an encompassing description of the phenomenology of schizophrenia both from the clinician's and patient's point of view, its epidemiology, etiology, treatment, and outcome. To our minds, this is the best single source for information of the psychological, psychosocial, and biologic theories of schizophrenia to be found anywhere, mainly because it provides an integrated