Urban birth and residence as risk factors for psychoses: an analysis of 1880 data.

@article{Torrey1997UrbanBA,
  title={Urban birth and residence as risk factors for psychoses: an analysis of 1880 data.},
  author={E. Fuller Torrey and Ann Bowler and Ken Clark},
  journal={Schizophrenia research},
  year={1997},
  volume={25 3},
  pages={169-76}
}
It is known that social drift to cities increases the urban prevalence for severe mental illnesses. Recent studies in England and Sweden have reported that being born in, or raised in, an urban area is also a risk factor for later developing schizophrenia. The present study utilized 1880 census data, the most complete enumeration of severely mentally ill individuals ever done in the United States, to examine the association of urban residence and severe mental illnesses. Individuals identified… CONTINUE READING
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