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Fast Facts: Schizophrenia, 4th edn

By Shôn W Lewis and
Robert W Buchanan

Published 2015

120 pages, 17 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-908541-60-4


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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
Developmental theories and environmental factors
Neuroanatomy and structural imaging
Neuropsychology and functional imaging
Management principles
Pharmacological treatment
Psychosocial interventions and non-drug treatment
Early intervention and prevention
Useful resources


“… a conspectus of exceptional quality on this, the most severe of mental illnesses. Although I have treated and studied schizophrenia since the advent of chlorpromazine, I have rarely encountered such a compact storehouse of easily assimilated information on this diverse syndrome. Most of the contents will be understood by today’s doctors. But there are many parts that will also help carers and families, an unusual asset ... For day-to-day clinical practice and teaching, I was delighted to find a coloured diagram of the brain showing those cortical and white matter areas where delusions and hallucinations are now known to have their origin … A concise exposition is given of drug treatment according to the stage of the disorder, but also a most welcome emphasis on psychological and social treatments, both conspicuously underused in most services. To the authors’ further credit, the book is drawn to an end with an account of early intervention and prevention. This book is an eximious asset.” 
Scott Henderson AO FRACP FRANZC, National Institute for Mental Health Research, Canberra, for the Medical Journal of Australia, May 2016

“An impressive, punchy, easy-to-read, up-to-date and informative little book on all pertinent aspects of schizophrenia. It is best suited for GPs, students, trainees and the general public, or as a quick reference for specialists.”
Dr Erik Monasterio; Clinical Director, Forensic Psychiatrist and Senior Clinical Lecturer; Univeristy of Otago

"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 FallSeptember 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


The authors

Shôn W Lewis

BSc MD FRCPsych, Professor of Adult Psychiatry, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Robert W Buchanan

MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


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