Famine, death, and madness: schizophrenia in early adulthood after prenatal exposure to the Chinese Great Leap Forward Famine.

@article{Song2009FamineDA,
  title={Famine, death, and madness: schizophrenia in early adulthood after prenatal exposure to the Chinese Great Leap Forward Famine.},
  author={Shige Song and Wei Wang and Peifeng Hu},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={68 7},
  pages={
          1315-21
        }
}
Using data from large scale, nationally representative sample surveys, we tested the hypothesis that prenatal exposure to famine increases schizophrenia risk at adulthood by studying the Great Leap Forward Famine in China (1959-1961). Our results show that, in the urban population, being conceived and born during the famine increased the risk of developing schizophrenia at early adulthood as compared to both the pre-famine and post-famine cohorts. In the rural population, however, the post… CONTINUE READING
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