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Published: 23 October 2008

144 Pages | 25 B&W halftones


ISBN: 9780199207565

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Autism: A Very Short Introduction

Uta Frith

Very Short Introductions

  • Explains the vast array of different conditions that hide behind the two labels, autism and Asperger syndrome
  • Explores the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, and genetics
  • Looks at controversial issues such as MMR and Thimerosal, and whether there really has been a genuine rise in autism spectrum disorders
  • Highly authoritative: Uta Frith is one of the founding researchers in the field of autism
  • Describes some of the extraordinary 'savant' abilities of people from the autistic spectrum
  • Interweaves the science with a focus on the everyday, practical issues facing people with an autistic condition, to shed light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer.