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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.

Five in court over 'EU's most serious fake medicine scam'

Five men put the health of sick patients at risk in the most serious fake medicine scam ever seen in the European Union, a court heard today.

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe to challenge 'whole-life' tariff

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe will tomorrow challenge a High Court judge's order that he can never be released.

Schizophrenic admits pushing man in front of train

A railway station worker was pushed in front of a moving train by a schizophrenic who fled from hospital hours earlier, a court heard today.

Death of policeman was 'preventable' says report

The death of a policeman stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic could have been prevented if he had been treated suitably, an independent report found today.

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AstraZeneca profits drop by a quarter

AstraZeneca's profits slumped by more than a quarter in the three months to the end of September after it paid out nearly $500m (£314m) over claims relating to its Seroquel schizophrenia treatment.

Gene mapping project offers new clues about humans

Early data from the 1,000 Genomes Project, an international effort to build a detailed map of human genetic variation, is already offering new clues about human disease, including why some people are more severely affected by disease than others.

Call for new initiatives to tackle mental health

Psychiatrists today warned the government that it could not afford to ignore mental health issues when forming the new public health strategy.

The Exorcist uncut: Secrets of the scariest movie ever made

The Exorcist has been terrifying audiences for decades. But the dark secrets of its making are only now coming to light. Guy Adams reveals the truth of a horror classic

ADHD 'passed on through genes'

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a genetic condition, research suggested today.

Fyfe Dangerfield, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

It's an intimate start, as Fyfe Dangerfield, the lead singer of Guillemots, stands alone to sing a quiet rendition of "Faster than the Setting Sun". But then, after an almost maudlin first verse, his band sneak onstage and the beat kicks in. It's a sudden shift, yet feels utterly natural, exhibiting a melodic and tonally thrilling schizophrenia that sets the mood for the evening.

Mail-order bride killed by husband

Authorities in Vietnam have expressed concern about the number of women being sent overseas as mail-order brides, after one was murdered by her South Korean husband eight days after she arrived in the country.

Through a Glass Darkly, Almeida Theatre, London

A few years ago, the Almeida produced a triumphant theatrical make-over of the Dogme movie Festen, but I'm afraid I cannot report a comparable success for its attempt to recreate in stage terms the 1961 Ingmar Bergman classic Through a Glass Darkly. The production is manifestly a high-minded labour of love by director Michael Attenborough and writer Jenny Worton. But when it's divorced from the bleak, brooding brilliance of Bergman's cinematography, with its harrowed close-ups and haunting footage of Faro, the story is left looking as dubious and muddled as it is portentous.

Scientists link genes to schizophrenia

Major variations in the number of genes carried in a person's genome have been linked with schizophrenia, in a study that provides further evidence of the important role played by genetics in raising the risk of the illness, which affects one in 100 people.

The Feminine Mystique, By Betty Friedan

It has been a "victory for the assholes" writes Lionel Shriver, incisively introducing this iconic 1963 book, that the word "feminist" has become stigmatised. Why are so many independent contemporary women reluctant to identify themselves as feminists? Perhaps, suggests Shriver, it is because they are fearful of being perceived as "difficult", man-hating harridans. The advice that Shriver offers to those women who would choose housewifery and motherhood over a demanding career is to watch every episode of Mad Men, and then to read this book.

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