Autism and Asperger Syndrome
by Uta Frith (Editor)
Cambridge University Press 1992

English neuropsychologist Uta Frith, a world-wide known authority in Autistic Spectrum Disorders, brings many other experts together to present the state of the art information about autism and Asperger's Disorder. An excellent introduction by the editor is followed by first-ever translation into English of Hans Asperger's original 1944 paper. A senior researcher and the scientist who reminded the English-speaking world of the 'Asperger's syndrome' in 1981 for the first time, Lorna Wing describes the relationship between Asperger's syndrome and Kanner's autism, presenting her "autistic continuum", supported by her invaluable research on the subject. Christopher Gillberg from Sweden traces the neurobiological aspects of Asperger syndrome presenting six family studies along with his own, widely accepted diagnostic criteria. Digby Tantam from England describes Asperger syndrome in adulthood. A prominent American child psychiatrist Margaret Dewey from Ann Arbor, Michigan helps us understand how individuals with autistic spectrum disorders tend to think and react to common social situations both with her "informal test of social-know-how" and "insider viewpoints". Finally Francesca Happe's analysis of the autobiographical writings of three Asperger syndrome adults helps us appreciate the problems of interpretation these individuals experience. A 'must read' seminal work in the field. I recommend it both for lay and professional readers.

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