Search for the Causes of Schizophrenia

In this book, the most recent results in the field of schizophrenia research are presented and critically evaluated by prominent scientists from the different investigative areas. Topics presented include: the concept of schizophrenia and its classification in the different diagnostic systems; the epidemiology of schizophrenia; risk-factors for the course and outcome of the disease; genetic models of schizophrenia and contributions from genetic studies to the understanding of its etiology; psychological and psychophysiological models of schizophrenia; critical evaluation of biological hypotheses of schizophrenia plus contributions from neuroanatomical and neurochemical studies; and vulnerability and trigger models of schizophrenia. The book offers a comprehensive report and critical assessment of the present state of knowledge with the aim of formulating new working hypotheses and research strategies.