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Our Most Troubling MadnessCase Studies in Schizophrenia Across Cultures$
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T.M. Luhrmann and Jocelyn Marrow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291089

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291089.001.0001

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Diagnostic Neutrality in Psychiatric Treatment in North India

Diagnostic Neutrality in Psychiatric Treatment in North India

(p.42) Case 2 Diagnostic Neutrality in Psychiatric Treatment in North India
Our Most Troubling Madness

Amy June Sousa

University of California Press

In India, doctors deemphasize diagnoses and the biomedical specificities of what are essentially grave conditions, like schizophrenia. They don’t talk about diagnoses or treat diagnoses as important, at least when interacting with their patients. As a result, they leave many possible ways to imagine the future intact. This may widen the range of possibilities for living in the present. This chapter describes the way two sisters who each meet criteria for schizophrenia understand their problems.

Keywords:   Diagnostic neutrality, North India, Psychiatric care, Indian family, Schizophrenia

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