Autism: A Very Short Introduction

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Title:Autism: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN:9780199207565

Author:Uta Frith

Publisher:Oxford University Press

Publish Year:2008

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Self Help | Science | Psychology | Health | Non Fiction | Development | Medicine

Language:English

Remarks:B&W photos, index, references

Pages:129

Size:112 x 174 mm

Weight(gms):150

Price:USD 4.82

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  • What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? Everyone has heard of autism, but the disorder itself is little understood. It has captured the public imagination through films and novels portraying individuals with baffling combinations of disability and extraordinary talent, and yet the reality is that it often places a heavy burden on sufferers and their families. This Very Short Introduction offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome. Explaining the vast array of different conditions that hide behind these two labels, and looking at symptoms from the full spectrum of autistic disorders, it explores the possible causes for the apparent rise in autism and also evaluates the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, genetics, and environmental causes including MMR and Thimerosal. This VSI also explores the psychology behind social impairment and savantism, and sheds light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer.

    Uta Frith

    Uta Frith is Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London and Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She is the author of many articles and books, including Autism: Explaining the Enigma; Autism and Asperger Syndrome; and Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue (with Rab Houston).
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