Vital statistics, demography, and schizophrenia: Editor's introduction

Irving I. Gottesman

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The Guest Editor introduces this Theme Issue of the Schizophrenia Bulletin with an overview of the kinds of subject matters appropriate for a comprehensive understanding of the vital statistics and demography relating to schizophrenia and schizophrenic patients-births, deaths, marriages, divorces, fertility, age, sex, race, occupation, place of residence, season of birth, class mobility, homelessness, criminality, industrialization, and suicide. Major sources of the statistics relating to schizophrenia are listed. He calls for a national case register and the use of a unique identifier with linkage across data bases in various branches of government so as to inform a descriptive as well as an experimental (hypothesis-testing) epidemiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-7
Number of pages3
JournalSchizophrenia bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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