For many years, schizophrenia was considered to be a deep and profound mystery. It was generally viewed as unknown and unknowable—beyond the reach of science.
For clinicians trying to understand their patients and for family members of people affected with schizophrenia, Green (psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, U. of California-Los Angeles) discusses the current understanding of the long-mysterious mental disorder, particularly as revealed by neuroscience. He explains brain development and neurocognitive deficits, the new generation of medication, recent findings from brain imaging, genetics, cognitive rehabilitation, and the determinants of functional outcome. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)