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1/1/05 Science Books & Films
This slim book was apparently written for children or adolescents, but can be read with satisfaction by adults who want to know more about schizophrenia. The book lays out the basics of what schizophrenia is and relates the facts that it occurs in 1 of every 100 people worldwide and that it is an illness of the brain. Medications are described in some detail. Several interesting and informative case histories are presented. On the negative side, the section on psychosocial treatment is underdeveloped. Medications are named, but various forms of psychosocial treatment are not. A major omission is the absence of any mention of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, or NAMI. This organization of 250,000 relatives of schizophrenics and of consumers in general plays a major role advocating for improvement in the well-being of people with schizophrenia and should have been mentioned, even in a small book.