Can a Virus Cause Schizophrenia?: Facts and Hypotheses
ISBN/ASIN: 9781461348634,9781441992604 | 2003 | English | pdf | 144/151 pages | 4.33 Mb
Publisher: Springer US | Author: Bradley D. Pearce (auth.) | Edition: 1
The quest to discover the etiology of schizophrenia has fascinated and frustrated researchers for more than a century. In recent years, there has been an accumulation of experimental and epidemiological evidence supporting the role of viral infections in schizophrenia pathogenesis. This growing body of evidence has amassed to the point where the mainstream scientific community can no longer ignore it. Drawing on his research experience in biological psychiatry and neurovirology, Dr. Pearce provides the first book dedicated entirely to a critical appraisal of the viral hypothesis of schizophrenia.
This book is an enlightening and valuable resource for psychiatrists, psychologists, neurobiologists, and their students. By integrating the latest findings in virology and immunology with current concepts in the pathophysiology of the non-affective psychotic disorders, this well illustrated volume disentangles the various sub-theories of the viral hypothesis, and lays the groundwork for more focused explorations of the mechanisms by which viruses may cause serious mental illness.