High schizophrenia rates among Pacific islanders raise cultural questions
The Micronesian islands that form the Republic of Palau, situated about 500 miles east of the Philippines, boast the sun-washed beaches and lush greenery of a tropical paradise. But behind the picture-postcard scenery lurks a disturbing mental-health mystery. For some reason, Palau has one of the highest rates of schizophrenia in the world.
Although researchers routinely assume that this devastating fragmentation