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For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

The brain of a person shortly after diagnosis with schizophrenia (top) showing it relatively unscathed. Five years later, there is substantial loss of grey matter (above). Damage starts in the outer regions of the brain and spreads to all parts over the years. Patients with the worst tissue loss tend to have the worst symptoms

Scientists shocked to find antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia

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Such implantable devices could save some people with schizophrenia from losing their minds

The film Girl, Interrupted: our fear of people with mental illness is misplaced, says Dennis O’Donnell

Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly: Behind locked doors

As a psychiatric orderly, Dennis O'Donnell encountered violence and despair – but also strength and compassion. His new book offers a moving insight into this unseen and little reported world

Harriet Walker: Guess what? Women don't want it all

There's something about January that brings out my inner housewife. Not that I have a sudden urge to iron pillowcases, you understand; simply that I'd rather not have to get up and go to work. I can only imagine how this malaise really starts to pinch when going to work also entails leaving behind small people who dote on you and want to hold your hand all day and going to work is an irritating eight hours away from a home that takes 24 hours to maintain.

Man guilty of killing lawyer at Tube station

A man who pushed a leading human rights lawyer in front of a Tube train was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey yesterday.

Free-thinker Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

The death of a free-thinker

Patrick Cockburn pays his tribute to the wit, warmth, and humanity of his friend Christopher Hitchens

Man jailed for killing girlfriend

A man who killed his girlfriend by putting a plastic bag over her head was jailed for 10 years today.

Leading article: A $10,000 question that shows where the Republicans are going wrong

For a country that – in the eyes of many outsiders – unashamedly celebrates people who get their hands on great wealth, Americans can be oddly touchy on the subject of money.

Mull Historical Society, Bush Hall, London (4/5)

When Colin MacIntyre was a young man on Mull, he’d look out at the Atlantic dark and feel he was on the edge of the world.

'Cannabis causes chaos in the brain'

Cannabis causes chaos in the brain as nerve activity becomes uncoordinated and inaccurate, a study has found.

The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards: the Nominees, Various venues, Edinburgh

The shortlist meeting for the awards this year was record-breakingly lengthy and no wonder, what with a rather unwieldy list of eight newcomer nominees. Many of the buzz acts made the cut, and of the main six nominees (Adam Riches, Andrew Maxwell, Chris Ramsey, Josie Long, Nick Helm and Sam Simmons), four have already been reviewed on this page and Simmons is covered below.

Russian colonel who tortured Chechen girl to death is given a hero's funeral

A former Russian army colonel convicted of the torture and murder of an 18-year-old Chechen girl was given a hero's burial yesterday, after he was shot dead by unknown attackers in Moscow last week.

People born in spring are 'more likely' to become anorexic

The trees are in bud, the hedgerows full of blossom and lambs are gambolling in the fields – but spring may be the worst time for human babies to be born.

Poly Styrene: Singer who blazed a trail for punk’s feminist revolutionaries

As a dumpy, frumpy,almost willfully unsexual girl from Brixton, with braces on her teeth, Poly Styrene was a perfect candidate to find herself through punk; turning this personaon its head into an art form, she became one of the movement's principal female figures, her song "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" a feminist rallying cry.

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