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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 41 (1999) 1, 51 - 54

Short report

Is schizophrenia a disease of civilization?

Paul Hodiamont

We discuss the literature about the results of the who International Pilot Study on Schizophrenia and the Determinants of Outcome of Severe Mental Disorder studies. The evidence that the course of schizophrenia is more favourable in 'developing' than 'developed' societies appears not te be conclusive.

keywords course, 'developing' societies, epidemiology, schizophrenia