This new edition of Schizophrenia and Related Syndromes has been thoroughly updated and revised to provide an authoritative overview of the subject, including new chapters on the neurodevelopmental hypothesis, cognitive neuropsychology, and schizophrenia and personality.
Peter McKenna guides the reader through a vast amount of literature on schizophrenia plus related syndromes such as paranoia and schizoaffective disorder, providing detailed and in-depth, but highly readable, accounts of the key areas of research. The book describes the clinical features of schizophrenia and its causes and treatment, covering subjects such as:
- Aetiological factors in schizophrenia
- The neurodevelopmental theory of schizophrenia
- Neuroleptic drug treatment
- Paraphrenia and paranoia
- Childhood schizophrenia, autism and Asperger's syndrome
Schizophrenia and Related Syndromes will prove invaluable for psychiatrists and clinical psychologists in training and in practice. It will also be a useful guide for mental health professionals and researchers working in related fields.
Table of Contents
David, Foreword. Preface to the second edition. Preface to the first edition. The cardinal symptoms of schizophrenia. The clinical pictures of schizophrenia. The natural history of schizophrenia. The diagnosis of schizophrenia. Aetiological factors in schizophrenia. The neurochemistry of schizophrenia. The neurodevelopmental theory of schizophrenia. The psychology and neuropsychology of schizophrenia. The cognitive neuropsychology of schizophrenia. Neuroleptic drug treatment. The management of schizophrenia. Paraphrenia and paranoia. Schizoaffective and other atypical psychoses. Schizophrenia and organic brain disease. Childhood schizophrenia, autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Schizophrenia and personality
P. J. McKenna is a psychiatrist specialising in the treatment of schizophrenia and has published widely on the neuropsychology of schizophrenia. He has worked as both a clinician and academic and is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow.
"In these days of multi-author, interactive, downloadable, upgradeable data-dumps, it is an almost unique pleasure to sit down and take in a coherent piece of scholarship like this book. Gradually an epic story unfolds. It is a mystery, a tragedy, and not without its comedy. It is wholly satisfying and yet leaves you wanting more." - Anthony David, Institute of Psychiatry, UK
"If descriptive psychiatry has gained a renewed sense of respect in recent years it owes it to books like this, which present a scholarly and sceptical piece of scientific knowledge while giving readers the sense of a novel in schizophrenia literature by unfolding the mystery of this disorder... In particular, psychiatrists and clinical psychologists as well as the trainees in these professions can use this book as a comprehensive guide to the world of schizophrenia." - Patapia-Maria Tzotzoli, Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 17, No. 3, June 2008