Schizophrenia is a ubiquitous condition. When you consider that 50% of all hospital beds, not merely psychiatric beds, are filled with patients with this diagnosis, you become aware of the horrendous problems faced by the medical community. In spite of the immensity of this problem, few books are published in this area. Dr. Searles has published a series of illuminating papers on various facets of this illness. Pathological aspects of early mother-infant relationships, the subjective experience of the patient's suffering, modes of communication and impairment of thinking, the changes which take place in the course of therapy, and concepts concerning aspects of healthy ego formation are cogently analyzed and further clarified with clinical gems.
The uniqueness of this text is Dr. Searles' richness of empathic observations. He is able to communicate these remarkable perceptive contributions in simple terms, devoid of the polysyllabic jargon of psychiatry. His candid remarks about his