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Will science explain mental illness?

Will the sciences of genetics and psychopharmacology lead to greater understanding of mental illness? Or do we need a broader approach?

By Steven Rose   115

Dear Steven 22nd August 2005 We have crossed swords in the past about the role of genes in behaviour, an area where it is all too easy to drift into a phoney “nature vs nurture” argument. This time I am glad that we are debating a subject that is not only intellectually intriguing but is also of enormous public health importance—the roots of disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder (what used to be called manic depression) and schizophrenia.

Although I have spent most of my career researching psychiatric genetics, it was reading the works of Sigmund Freud when I was…

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