Childhood antecedents of schizophrenia

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6980.667b (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:667
  1. Andrew D Paterson
  1. Medical student Medical Faculty, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

    EDITOR,—Brian Martindale presents selective evidence to suggest that the environmental contribution to schizophrenia is considerable,1 neglecting to mention recent strong evidence supporting genetic transmission of schizophrenia based on the biological relatives of schizophrenic adoptees.2 The diagnoses and analysis of this supportive study have, furthermore, been independently replicated.3

    Moreover, a more recent report of the Finnish adoptive family study than that cited by Martindale has been published.4 This states …

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