Whose Schizophrenia Is It, Anyway?
Mr B. was admitted to the coronary care unit with advanced cardiomyopathy possibly due to alcoholism but with a history of treatment for schizophrenia. Carrying a psychiatric consultation slip marked "As soon as possible," I went expecting to encounter the usual case: a patient who was restless and confused with a debilitating disease that contributed to a low level of manageability.
I saw a man who looked younger than his 40 years. His chest bare, he was soundly asleep, head back,...