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Stigma and schizophrenia - the lancet

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By mv karidi · 2009 · cited by 3 — schizophrenia: a cross-sectional survey. lancet 2009; 373: 408–15. 2 cardno ag, murray rm. the 'classical' genetic epidemiology of ...
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CorrespondenceSubmissions should bemade via our electronicsubmission system athttp://ees.elsevier.com/thelancet/www.thelancet.com Vol 373 April 18, 2009 1335Stigma andschizophreniaGraham Thornicroft and colleagues(Jan 31, p 408) 1 address an importanthealth issue. Schizophrenia is highlyprevalent2 and the consequences ofstigmatisation are often devastatingforthose involved.Althoughtheir studywas the first to assess systematicallythe experiences of people withschizophrenia globally, I have someconcerns about the interpretation ofthe findings because of a failure toaddress two important issues.First, one of the most widely testedhypotheses in schizophrenia researchconcerns the causal role of geneticloading. Specific support for a geneticcomponent comes from studies ofconcordance rates for schizophreniaamong monozygotic and dizygotictwins,3 and an observed connectionbetween proximity to an aff ectedrelative on the family tree and increasedrisk of schizophrenia.2 Thornicroft andcolleagues ...
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