2nd Edition

Schizophrenia A Scientific Delusion?

By Mary Boyle Copyright 2002

    First published in 2002. Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion?, first published in 1990, made a very significant contribution to the debates on the concepts of schizophrenia and mental illness. These concepts remain both influential and controversial and this new updated second edition provides an incisive critical analysis of the debates over the last decade. As well as providing updated versions of the historical and scientific arguments against the concept of schizophrenia which formed the basis of the first edition, Boyle covers significant new material relevant to today’s debates.

    Chapter 1 Evaluating the validity of ‘schizophrenia’; Chapter 2 The background; Chapter 3 The necessary conditions for inferring schizophrenia; Chapter 4 The official correspondence rules for inferring schizophrenia; Chapter 5 The official correspondence rules for inferring schizophrenia; Chapter 6 Genetic research; Chapter 7 Supporting and maintaining ‘schizophrenia’; Chapter 8 Living without ‘schizophrenia’;


    Mary Boyle is Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Head of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. She has worked as an NHS Clinical Psychologist and her previous publications include the first edition of Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion? (1990) and Rethinking Abortion: Psychology, Gender, Power and Law (1997).