Author: Charles E. Frohman, Jacques S. Gottlieb
In discussing research in schizophrenia, D. W. Woolley once wrote that “new and revolutionary scientific discoveries do not leap into the world complete and final as Athene was said to have sprung, mature and fully armed, from the head of Zeus. Instead, they come stumbling into view not fully formed nor completely ready to defend themselves from any possible attack. They come to full stature only as the result of modifications to meet their shortcomings.” Our knowledge of the biology of schizophrenia most certainly is not complete or final. Many interesting discoveries have been made but they are just beginning to form an intelligible picture. It may well be that in the next few years these ideas will come to full stature and that then we will have a complete understanding of the biology of this disease. At the present time, only some very interesting research trends and numerous unconnected bits of information can be presented.