Unification of the findings in schizophrenia by reference to the effects of gestational zinc deficiency.

@article{Andrews1990UnificationOT,
  title={Unification of the findings in schizophrenia by reference to the effects of gestational zinc deficiency.},
  author={R C Andrews},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  year={1990},
  volume={31 2},
  pages={141-53}
}
The hypothesis presented here suggests that schizophrenia is caused by the action of gestational zinc deficiency on genetically susceptible foetuses. The psychosis seen is suggested to be due to a combination of dietary or otherwise induced zinc deficiency and lack of zinc releasing capacity in the hippocampus. A non genetic but transmissable immune defect is suggested to be relevant to psychosis and to the nonmendelian pattern of inheritance of the disorder.