A talk by Dr Peter Maddocks, Consultant Psychiatrist, who has worked with schizophrenia all his working life. He gives a very clear overview of the practical management of schizophrenia, drawing parallels with cancer. He stresses the importance of early detection and the need for proper treatment. Self-harm and premature death, psychosocial damage and stigma are also discussed. The talk is full of wit, humour and practical guidelines.