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Monday, May 14, 2001

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"WE CAN ALL think of famous figures throughout history who were haunted by the voices and hallucinations of schizophrenia, but how far back in mankind's past can we trace the origins of the disease? British scientist Dr. David Horrobin, author of The Madness of Adam and Eve, argues that schizophrenia signaled the beginnings of modern man: A genetic mutation changed the biochemistry of fat in our brains. This mutation instigated the ascendancy of Homo sapiens, but brought with it the burden of mental illness as well. If Horrobin is right, his hypothesis will change evolutionary biology and the way we treat schizophrenia."