Rethinking Schizophrenia: Its Original Nature, Its Drug-Altered Character, and Thoughts About Its Treatment

Lehrman, Nathaniel S.
March 2006
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Spring2006, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p69
Academic Journal
The nature of schizophrenia has changed markedly over the past half-century because the drugs used to treat it aggravate the disability it causes. This aggravation results from (1) the brain damage caused by the drugs themselves and (2) the replacement of the doctor-patient relationship, psychiatry's most important therapeutic tool--within which patients' problems and behaviors should be addressed--by a narrow psychiatric focus on drug effects upon symptoms. Psychiatry today thus resembles 19th century obstretrics, in which, as Ignaz Semmelweis pointed out then, physicians' activities harm the patients they care for.


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