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Life History Research in Psychopathology, vol 1.

Walter C. Alvarez, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(3):506-507. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320150180035.
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Volume 1 contains 14 articles and discussion. They were given during two conferences on the life history of persons with psychopathology. One conference was held in Columbia University in 1967; the other was at the University of Minnesota in 1968.

A persistent theme running through the first volume is a comparison of factors in the life histories of persons showing different types of maladjustment. As we know, much study has been made of what happens to identical twins, with one parent schizophrenic and the other not. Also, many studies have been made of the intelligence quotients and school achievement patterns of children who later became schizophrenic. Also, we learn what happened to their brothers, sisters, and neighborhood peers.

As the editors say in the "Preface," "To the student of psychopathology, whose task is to understand warped or distorted lives, no kind of information is so important as that contained in


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