Medicine: Family Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is not known to be hereditary, but if one member of a family suffers from it, there is a greater than average chance that others will. To find out how a disturbed family affects the children. Psychiatrist Lyman Wynne and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health interviewed 33 families in patient detail. In Cincinnati last week, Dr. Wynne outlined his findings.

Even apart from delusions and hallucinations, the schizophrenic usually thinks the way normal people do in dreams: individual thoughts may be "rational," but they are so compressed or confused in...

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