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The Natural History of Mania, Depression, and Schizophrenia takes an unusual look at the course of mental illness, based on data from the Iowa 500 Research Project. This project involved the long-term (30-40 years) follow-up of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar illness. After presenting a history and background of the study, the authors provide fascinating, verbatim interviews with patients at the time of hospital admission in the 1930s and 1940s. Eight of the 15 chapters are dedicated to the modern, systematic follow-up and family study of these patients. Medical students, residents, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, ministers, and clinicians are offered an interesting look at what might be expected should treatment not be instituted with such patients. Unlike earlier works that focused on the descriptive aspects of mental illness, this book provides clinicians with a more systematic evaluation of the symptom picture, course and outcome, and family history. It concludes with useful information on the diagnosis and classification of the affective disorders and chronic nonaffective psychoses.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780880487269
ISBN-10: 0880487267
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: American Psychiatric Press Inc.
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publish Date: 28-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - George Winokur

George Winokur, M.D., is the Paul W. Penningroth Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. Ming T. Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., is The Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.