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Extraordinary Science and PsychiatryResponses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research$
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Jeffrey Poland and Serife Tekin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035484

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035484.001.0001

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Six Myths about Schizophrenia: A Paradigm Well Beyond Its Use-By Date?

Six Myths about Schizophrenia: A Paradigm Well Beyond Its Use-By Date?

(p.221) 10 Six Myths about Schizophrenia: A Paradigm Well Beyond Its Use-By Date?
Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry

Richard P. Bentall

The MIT Press

The target of this chapter is a set of six commonly held assumptions in the biomedical approach to schizophrenia, a highly regarded view in mainstream American psychiatry. A careful examination of the available research literature reveals that these widely accepted assumptions are, at best, questionable and, in many cases, refuted by empirical data. In this chapter I argue that the endurance of the biomedical schizophrenia concept in the face of mounting evidence of its inadequacy is a testament to the power that scientific paradigms hold over the minds of researchers, and of the failure of the normal process of empirical refutation that ensues.

Keywords:   Schizophrenia, biomedical model, myth, scientific paradigms, processes of empirical refutation

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