The Schizophrenia Oral History Project is dedicated to Dr. Lynda Crane’s son, Douglas Scott Marquis, a bright, talented, and humorous young man who developed schizophrenia at the age of 18, and took his own life three days before his 25th birthday. After Doug developed schizophrenia, virtually everyone in his world saw and treated him differently. His identity was consumed by the illness in the view of the outside world, and others saw him as different to the extent that they began to overlook his essential humanity. It is our motivation and our hope that this project can promote the public understanding and compassion to make life friendlier and more manageable for others who experience this challenging condition.