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Autism: A Very Short Introduction

Uta Frith

October 2008

ISBN: 9780199207565

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? This Very Short Introduction answers the key questions and offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome.

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What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? This Very Short Introduction answers the key questions and offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome.

  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Uta Frith, Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London, and Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

Table of Contents

    1:The autism spectrum
    2:Causes of autism
    3:Explaining the social impairment
    4:Explaining the communication impairment
    5:Explaining islets of ability
    6:Explaining problems in everyday living
    7:Can we explain everything at once?