Incidence of autism spectrum disorders: Changes over time and their meaning *

@article{Rutter2005IncidenceOA,
  title={Incidence of autism spectrum disorders: Changes over time and their meaning *},
  author={M. Rutter},
  journal={Acta P{\ae}diatrica},
  year={2005},
  volume={94}
}
  • M. Rutter
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine
  • Acta Pædiatrica
Aim: Several reviews have noted a huge increase in the rate of diagnosed autism spectrum disorders. The main aims of this paper are: 1) to use published empirical findings to consider whether the rise reflects a true increase in incidence, as distinct from the consequences of better ascertainment and a broadening of the diagnostic concept; and 2) to consider how epidemiological data may be used to test hypotheses about possible causal influences, using MMR and thimerosal as examples. Methods… Expand
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