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Book Forum: The Schizophrenia Spectrum   |    
Schizophrenia in Children and Adolescents
Am J Psychiatry 2002;159:685-685. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.4.685
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Edited by Helmut Remschmidt. New York, Cambridge University Press, 2000, 308 pp., $64.95 (paper).

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This book is simply excellent. It is rare to find a book on schizophrenia in children and adolescents, and it is even more rare to find one of this quality. The author is a distinguished professor at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. This text is one in a series from Cambridge University Press and includes a list of contributing authors that is very impressive, with experts from both sides of the Atlantic. The book is incredibly well organized and could be described as crisp in its approach to material. The book does not waste words and is a high-precision guide to schizophrenia in youngsters. It starts out with a historical review of childhood psychoses over the past century that is quite comprehensive and impressive. The descriptions of epidemiology, neurobehavioral elements, psychosocial factors, and treatment are all superior in terms of readability and factual content. Each chapter is well referenced.

The concept of childhood psychosis is alien for too many physicians. This short text is a very valuable way to educate people who do not understand that schizophrenia and other psychotic conditions can strike early in life and can often leave devastating effects if left untreated. This book is strongly recommended for all psychiatrists whether they deal with children or not. I believe that it would also be a valuable textbook for residency training programs because many trainees do not receive adequate instruction about childhood psychoses. This book is delightful and extremely informative. I hope that we will be hearing more from Dr. Remschmidt in the future as well as the numerous contributors to this fine edition.




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