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The Incidence of Operationally Defined Schizophrenia in Camberwell, 1965–84

  • David Castle (a1), Simon Wessely (a2), Geoffrey Der (a3) and Robin M. Murray (a4)
Abstract

We established first-contact rates of schizophrenia in the defined area of Camberwell between 1965 and 1984. The rate of schizophrenia, whether defined by ICD, RDC, or DSM–III criteria, rose over the period under study. This finding is at odds with reports of an overall decline in first-admission rates for schizophrenia in England, over the same period. The discrepancy was largely accounted for by the influx into Camberwell of individuals of Afro-Caribbean origin, who showed rates of schizophrenia between four and eight times that of their Caucasian counterparts.

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The Incidence of Operationally Defined Schizophrenia in Camberwell, 1965–84

  • David Castle (a1), Simon Wessely (a2), Geoffrey Der (a3) and Robin M. Murray (a4)
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