Focuses on Renee, a schizophrenic who is well enough to live outside an institution, in her ballet class, working as a cashier, and in her small room as she describes the feelings and effects of schizophrenia. Several possible causes of schizophrenia are discussed. Among the different avenues of research described are tests to communicate with schizophrenics; treatment by drugs, shock treatment, and psychological treatment; the biochemical and neurophysiological aspects of the disease; and the question of whether the distorted perceptions of a schizophrenic are the result of, or the cause of, the disease.
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