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Psychotic illness in ethnic groups

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6975.331b (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:331

Data on Surinamese patients in the Netherlands support study results

  1. Jean-Paul Selten
  1. Psychiatrist Rosenburg Psychiatric Hospital, PO Box 53019, 2505 AA The Hague, Netherlands

    EDITOR,—Michael King and colleagues reported increased incidences of psychosis, including schizophrenia, in all ethnic minority groups and not just African Caribbeans.1 Interestingly, study of the Dutch psychiatric register shows a high incidence of schizophrenia in Surinamese and Antillean immigrants to the Netherlands.

    The 1980 census in Surinam distinguished Afro-Surinamese (44%), Hindustanis (whose ancestors emigrated in the 19th century from British India to become contract labourers …

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