Letter: Physical causes of schizophrenia

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Sir: David Hill's views on schizophrenia are contradicted by studies from the World Health Organisation and other professional agencies which show that schizophrenia is a problem that affects all races and social classes. There is growing evidence that it involves a biochemical imbalance in the brain and is not simply used as a label to cover those who are socially disadvantaged. The recent case of Ben Silcock - an intelligent young man from an ordinary middle-class background - illustrates this point.

If the existence of schizophrenia is denied, it is no wonder that sufferers such as Mr Silcock are not taken seriously, and denied care and treatment even when they ask for it.

Yours faithfully,

MARJORIE WALLACE

Chief Executive

SANE

London, NW1

11 January

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