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Physical Illness and Schizophrenia
A Review of the Evidence


  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521882644

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  • It is well established that people suffering from schizophrenia have a higher prevalence of serious physical illness and a higher mortality than the general population. This book provides the first comprehensive and systematic review of current research evidence on the prevalence of physical diseases in people with schizophrenia, a disorder afflicting approximately 1% of the global population, and a group with mortality rates twice as high as the general population. The epidemiological data described in this book will provide the basis for improved awareness of these problems and better treatment for patients. This is the first in a series of books addressing an issue emerging as a priority in the mental health field: the timely and proper recognition of physical health problems in people with mental disorders. They should be read by policy makers, service managers, mental health professionals and general practitioners.

    • Promotes recognition of physical illness in people with severe mental illness
    • Proposes an appropriate integration between mental health and physical health care
    • Provides a summary of the epidemiological evidence on comorbid physical conditions in schizophrenia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a quick and easy reference guide and a good starting point for trainees and readers interested in co-morbidity…' Journal of Psychological Medicine

    'This book is well worth looking at: a forceful reminder to clinicians not to focus too narrowly on the mental disorders of patients who are twice as likely to be suffering from something else as well.' Journal of Mental Health

    '… beyond its enormous merit in giving more salience to the issue of physical comorbidity in patients with schizophrenia, the book of Leuch et al. will hopefully ignite a new global research offensive in this field. The book is certainly uniquely suited to achieving this task.' Journal of Psychosomatic Research

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    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521882644
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.366kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 42 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Method
    3. Results:
    3.1 Bacterial infections and mycoses
    3.2 Virus diseases
    3.3 Parasitic diseases
    3.4 Neoplasms
    3.5 Musculoskeletal diseases
    3.6 Digestive system diseases
    3.7 Stomatognathic diseases
    3.8 Respiratory tract diseases
    3.9 Otorhinolaryngologic diseases
    3.10 Diseases of the nervous system
    3.11 Eye diseases
    3.12 Urologic and male genital diseases
    3.13 Female genital diseases and pregnancy complications
    3.14 Cardiovascular diseases
    3.15 Hemic and lymphatic diseases 3.16 Congenital, hereditary, and neonatal diseases and abnormalities
    3.17 Skin and connective tissue diseases
    3.18 Nutritional and metabolic diseases
    3.19 Endocrine diseases
    3.20 Immune system diseases
    3.21 Disorders of the environmental origin
    3.22 Animal diseases
    3.23 Pathologic conditions, signs and symptoms
    4. Discussion 5. Summary.

  • Authors

    Stefan Leucht, Technische Universität München
    Stefan is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in the Technical University, Munich, Germany.

    Tonja Burkard, Technische Universität München
    Tonja Burkard has recently graduated in Medicine from the Technical University, Munich, Germany.

    John H. Henderson, St George's Hospital Medical School (Emeritus)
    John Henderson is a retired Consultant Psychiatrist.

    Mario Maj, Università di Napoli
    Mario Maj is Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples, Italy.

    Norman Sartorius, Université de Genève
    Norman Sartorius is President of the International Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University, St Louis, USA. In addition, he is part time Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Zagreb and Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at the Universities of Beijing, London and Prague.

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