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January 2007

The Surprisingly Rich Contours of Schizophrenia Epidemiology

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64(1):14-16. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.64.1.14

Researchers like to be surprised by the data. When new data challenge old beliefs, the field becomes primed for discovery. The aim of this commentary is to let the broader psychiatric community know about recent discoveries in schizophrenia epidemiology, and to speculate on how best to leverage these discoveries to advance knowledge.

For those who do not follow the literature closely, recent research in the epidemiology of schizophrenia may come as a surprise. The once cardinal notions that schizophrenia affects men and women equally and is found in all societies with comparable (or equal) incidence are no longer supported by the data. Schizophrenia is not the egalitarian disorder that we once thought it was.1

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