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The Galvin family seemed like any other large family. With twelve kids perfectly spanning the baby boom (the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965), Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. But things weren’t as perfect as they seemed. By the mid-70s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed with schizophrenia. How could this be?

This book, guided by the experiences of the Galvin family, covers the history of the study and diagnosis of schizophrenia. It’s a fascinating book and Kolker offers up very readable nonfiction with compassion and insight throughout.

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