Leo Kanner and autism: a 75-year perspective

  title={Leo Kanner and autism: a 75-year perspective},
  author={James Harris},
  journal={International Review of Psychiatry},
  pages={17 - 3}
  • James Harris
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • International Review of Psychiatry
Abstract In 1943, Leo Kanner published the first systematic description of early infantile autism. He concluded that this was a neurodevelopmental disorder and that ‘these children have come into the world with an innate inability to form the usual, biologically provided contact with people’. Moreover, his astute descriptions of parental behavior in his first publications were prescient and underlie later recognition of the importance of genetics. Our understanding has grown over the ensuing… Expand
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