Modern Views of Autism

@article{Fombonne2003ModernVO,
  title={Modern Views of Autism},
  author={Eric Fombonne},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry},
  year={2003},
  volume={48},
  pages={503 - 505}
}
  • E. Fombonne
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
In a seminal paper describing the first 11 cases of autism, Kanner pointed to the innate disturbance of affective contact occurring in the infancy of these children and to unusual personality traits in their parents (1). These observations could have indicated genetic mechanisms underlying the syndrome; however, the predominance of psychoanalytical theories and the particular focus on maternal deprivation in post–World War II child psychiatry led to misconceptions of autism as an infant’s… 

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