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p. 1458. The importance of schizophrenialocked

  • Christopher Frith
  •  and Eve Johnstone

Abstract

‘The importance of schizophrenia’ argues that, over the last 100 years, the scientific understanding of severe mental illnesses has increased dramatically. We nevertheless continue to fear mental illness — and schizophrenia in particular — partly because it raises questions about the nature of reality, how we acquire knowledge and beliefs, and how far we are responsible for our actions. The study of schizophrenia suggests these questions are closely linked with the problem of the relationship between the brain and the mind. Since the disorder causing schizophrenia lies in the region where brain and mind interact, it is unsurprising that the basis of schizophrenia is so difficult to discover.

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