article). He questions whether schizophrenia is a neurodegenerative disease and accuses psychiatrists of refusing to accept the evidence, clinging to the "nihilistic view that there exists an intrinsically progressive schizophrenic process". This is what he believed once! He makes much of the fact that he did not sufficiently take into account the effects of medication. He even admits that he was surprised the neurodevelopmental theory of schizophrenia achieved such widespread acceptance. As far as he is concerned, saying that schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disease is at least overstatement, with the evidence against it.
Murray also admits that he ignored social factors in the aetiology of schizophrenia for 20 years. Like me (eg. see previous post), he points out that even social psychiatrists, such as Paul Bebbington and Julian Leff, tend not to regard social factors as causal.
Don't think, though, that this means Murray is saying critical psychiatry was right all along. He still believes the "final common pathway underlying psychosis is excess synthesis of presynaptic dopamine". His recommendation to newly qualified psychiatric researchers is to throw themselves into "examining gene x environment interactions and epigenetics", or if they are not clever enough, to go instead into neurochemical imaging, because "at least the pictures of the brain are pretty". The silly chump also still promotes ideas such as tobacco use causing psychosis (see eg. previous post).