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Tortured soul

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 22 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1093
  1. K McKenzie

    Recently released on video and in your patient's hands soon, Out of Darkness tells the story of a woman who makes a miraculous recovery from schizophrenia after treatment with clozapine. Diana Ross, international superstar and lead singer of the Supremes, plays Paulia Cooper, an exmedical student, who develops paranoid schizophrenia in her preclinical years. She tries to kill her sister, assaults her mother, and terrifies her daughter. The disease runs a severe course; treatment with standard antipsychotics is only partially successful and she is hospitalised 43 times in 17 years. Luckily, her parents are wealthy and send her to a treatment programme which uses the wonder drug clozapine. She makes a full recovery - some would say too full a recovery for a person who had been so severely ill …

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