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Fast Facts: Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is a devastating disorder that starts in early life and can lead to lifelong disability. It is a major public health challenge for all cultures and all countries. Clinical practice must therefore focus on early intervention, optimal treatment, shared decision-making and long-term recovery.

By listening to patients’ experiences, alongside the latest research, we now know much more about ‘what works’,” say the authors of this fully updated fourth edition of Fast Facts: Schizophrenia. In this highly readable resource, they cover the present state of knowledge about the neurobiology, diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia, including:

  • emerging evidence from genome-wide association studies for multiple susceptibility genes
  • DSM-5 diagnostic criteria plus discussion of alternative classification systems
  • a comprehensive review of drug and non-drug treatment strategies and how to improve adherence
  • a new management principles chapter that emphasizes the importance of coordinated multidisciplinary care
  • the latest findings of structural and functional imaging studies.

With good care delivered by knowledgeable compassionate health professionals, many people will recover at least partially from their first episode of psychosis and live a fulfilling life. Written from an international perspective, Fast Facts: Schizophrenia will refresh and update family physicians, psychiatrists in training, mental health nurses and medical students – in fact, all health professionals – who need to know about the disorder and need to know it quickly.


  • A brief history
  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Epidemiology: risk factors and outcome
  • Genetics
  • Developmental theories and environmental factors
  • Neuroanatomy and structural imaging
  • Neuropsychology and functional imaging
  • Neurochemistry
  • Management principles
  • Pharmacological treatment
  • Psychosocial interventions and non-drug treatment
  • Early intervention and prevention

What do the reviewers say?

"This is great. I'm especially pleased to see discussions around significant differences between ICD and DSM, which I think often goes overlooked. A valuable and accessible resource, not only for clinicians working in mental health care, but for anyone interested in current scientific understanding of this common and distressing illness."
Nathan Filer, Author of The Shock of the Fall, September 2015

"This small book is indeed remarkable. It does offer Fast Facts about schizophrenia, and for a person who needs to know much about the disorder, and needs to know it quickly, this is the book."
World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders, on the last edition


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Fast Facts: Acne, 2nd edn

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Acne is one of the ten most common diseases worldwide and is the inflammatory skin disease seen most frequently by community physicians and dermatologists. Over the last decade, knowledge of acne pathophysiology and etiologic factors has expanded, resulting in the development of novel treatments that target clinical lesions and improve patient outcomes. However, the vast number of therapeutic options that are now available can pose a challenge to the prescribing clinician selecting the preferred treatment. 

Fast Facts: Acne is primarily aimed at family practitioners, nurse prescribers, pharmacists and dermatology trainees. This fully updated edition provides a concise overview of the clinical features of acne, reviews available treatments – including their respective modes of action and potential adverse events – and advises on treatment selection with the implicit goal of minimizing the physical and emotional scarring associated with this challenging disease. It also discusses the use of antibiotics and, given current concerns regarding overprescribing and antibiotic resistance, this highly readable resource is a timely addition to the Fast Facts series.


  • Epidemiology
  • Pathophysiology, etiology and modifying factors
  • Diagnosis
  • Psychosocial aspects
  • Topical therapy
  • Oral Therapy
  • Physical treatments for acne and scarring
  • Acne care pathway
  • Future trends and areas of need

What do the reviewers say?

“This easy-to-navigate gem is packed full of up-to-date information on how to individualize management for your acne patient … the summaries at the end of each chapter make for great speed reading!”
Dr Jo-Ann See, College Fellow, Australasian College of Dermatologists

“It’s a great go-to resource which presents each section in an easy-to-read format, perfect for referring back to. … The British Skin Foundation is especially glad to see a section on 'Future trends and areas of need' which details the future research needed in antibiotic resistance.”
The British Skin Foundation

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