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The Afflictions Series: an Interview with Ethnographic Filmmaker Robert Lemelson

When Robert Lemelson, an anthropologist, filmmaker, and research professor at UCLA, recently visited the George Washington University to speak at a conference on how ethnographic films can help us understand torture, I had to request an interview. I confess—I have long been a fan of Lemelson’s films, which I have seen screened at meetings as large as those …


Psychiatric Neuroscience, Stigma, and the Aging Brain: Dispatch from the Annual Meeting of One Mind for Research

Cross-posted from The FPR Blog.

A few weeks ago I attended the first annual meeting of the One Mind for Research Campaign: Curing Brain Disease. (The group’s new CEO is Ret. General Peter Chiarelli, the commanding officer of the 1st Cavalry Division during the Iraq War, and you could practically taste the battle dust in your mouth at the …


Book Review: Jonathan Metzl’s The Protest Psychosis

Jonathan Metzl’s The Protest Psychosis: How schizophrenia became a black disease (Beacon Press, 2010) is an ideal introductory text for introducing students to ethical issues surrounding politics, prejudice, and psychiatric diagnosis. The reader will experience the indignity and paranoia that African American men being treated for schizophrenia in the 1960s and 1970s had to face. They will come to

Call for Research: Ethnography, Psychosis and At-Risk Groups

An article this week in Nature highlights new issues surrounding the intersections of psychosis, clinical risk, and adolescence. Psychosis is now thought to lie along a “continuum” in the population from “at-risk” groups who have “psychotic-like experiences” (PLEs) (e.g., hallucinations and delusions that are transient or do not disrupt social functioning) (Meehl 1962; Polanczyk, Moffitt et al. 2010) to people …


Biological and cultural contexts of schizophrenia: a discussion panel

A few days ago I mentioned that summaries of the panels from January’s Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR)-UCLA conference on Cultural and Biological Contexts of Psychiatric Disorder were being posted on the FPR blog.  Now Constance Cummings, Project Director at the FPR, has begun uploading videos of some events to the FPR’s YouTube page.

The first of …


Book Review: The Madness within Us: Schizophrenia as a Neuronal Process by Robert Freedman

The Madness within Us: Schizophrenia as a Neuronal Process
by Robert Freedman

Oxford University Press, 2009. 198 pages. $35.00 (hardcover)

A perusal of The Madness within Us: Schizophrenia as a Neuronal Process is well worth the time of anyone interested in schizophrenia research. Author Robert Freedman is a clinician and scholar who also has a family history of schizophrenia. Inspired …

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