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Functional neuroimaging techniques such as single-positron emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) offer considerable scope for investigating disturbances of brain activity in psychiatric disorders. However, the heterogeneous nature of disorders such as schizophrenia limits the value of studies that group patients under… (More)
The mortality experiences of a hospitalized mentally handicapped population between 1981 and 1990 (inclusive) were examined. A continued trend for increasing longevity in both males and females was found, with mean ages at death now approaching those in the general population. The commonest cause of death was non-tubercular respiratory infection, from which… (More)
Differences between patients being treated in two different medium secure units, one for those of normal intelligence and one for those with learning disability, were investigated. Sociodemographic, psychiatric, medical and medicolegal data were recorded for all inpatients in both secure units. Patients in the medium secure unit for those of normal… (More)
The highest social class before admission of 27 forensic psychiatric inpatients in a regional secure unit who suffered from schizophrenia was found to be significantly lower than that of their fathers. This is the first report of social drift in this group of patients.