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Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating and mysterious mental illnesses. People with schizophrenia have the unique sensation that their brain is being taken over by external entities and that their heads are filled with voices that are not their own. Although it is increasingly recognized as a biological illness of the brain, it also has profound psychological implications for how we perceive reality.
The Madness Within Us: Schizophrenia as a Neuronal Process is an illuminating discussion of these two aspects of the illness. Dr. Robert Freedman, who is both a neuroscientist and a practicing clinical psychiatrist, outlines the emerging understanding of shizophrenia as a neurobiological illness and shows how these new insights can be used as a bridge to the psychological understanding of the delusions and hallucinations. He combines the findings of modern brain science with insights from the clinical practitioner's empathic listening to patients as they describe their problems.
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Robert Freedman, MD is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado and the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.
"Anyone who has ever wondered how something as compelling and complex as schizophrenia could be explained by a molecular malfunction in the brain will want to read this book. Woven through the stories of patient's lives, Dr. Freedman tells the sweeping history of a disorder; how families and society have defined and confronted it over the centuries; and where psychiatry now stands. I expect this book to be required reading for students of psychology, psychiatry and mental health. [Dr. Freedman's book] has met the challenge of psychosis and beautifully tells its tale. Like modern neuroscience, The Madness Within Us delivers some solid answers to the mysteries of the mind."--Dolores Malaspina, MD, Steckler Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives (InSPIRES), New York University
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