On the Concept of Schizophrenia

  • Costas N. Stefanis
Part of the International Perspectives Series: Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience book series


Schizophrenia is much more than just the most prominent word in psychiatry. Psychiatry, both as a medical discipline and as a profession, was born out of the condition that is currently known as schizophrenia. In many respects, the development of the theory and practice of psychiatry has been determined by its effectiveness in reliably diagnosing schizophrenia, formulating plausible explanations of the symptoms, understanding its nature, and discovering effective modes of treatment. It is, therefore, worth reviewing the evolution of the concept of schizophrenia over time and relating its present state with current advances in neurosciences and clinical research.


Schizophrenic Patient Schizophreniform Disorder Bioi Psychiatry Psychiatric Classification Basic Symptom 
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