The History of Ideas on Autism

  title={The History of Ideas on Autism},
  author={Lorna Wing},
  pages={13 - 23}
  • L. Wing
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Psychology
  • Autism
The development of ideas about the nature of autism is described, covering myths and legends, accounts of individuals in the historical literature, the search for identifiable subgroups, Kanner's autistic and Asperger syndromes, and the current view of a wide spectrum. Changes in theories of aetiology are outlined, including the early magical and mystical beliefs, the era when purely psychological and emotional causes were promulgated, and the present day research into biological mechanisms… Expand
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