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Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies in Schizophrenia Across Cultures

T.M. Luhrmann and Jocelyn Marrow


This book examines the way schizophrenia is shaped by its social context: how life is lived with this madness in different settings, and what it is about those settings that alters the course of the illness, its outcome, and even the structure of its symptoms. Until recently, schizophrenia was perhaps our best example—our poster child—for the “bio-bio-bio” model of psychiatric illness: genetic cause, brain alteration, pharmacologic treatment. We now have direct epidemiological evidence that people are more likely to fall ill with schizophrenia in some social settings than in others, and more l ... More

Keywords: Schizophrenia, Culture, Psychiatric anthropology, Medical anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520291089
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T.M. Luhrmann, editor
Stanford University

Jocelyn Marrow, editor

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