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J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Jan;46(1):340-341. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2541-3.

Leo Kanner's Mention of 1938 in His Report on Autism Refers to His First Patient.

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1
, Bear Creek, WI, USA.
2
, Bear Creek, WI, USA. mblaxill@comcast.net.

Abstract

Leo Kanner begins his landmark 1943 case series on autistic children by stating the condition was first brought to his attention in 1938. Recent letters to JADD have described this reference as "mysterious" and speculated it refers to papers published that year by Despert or Asperger. In fact, as Kanner goes on to state, 1938 is when he examined the first child in his case series. An exchange of letters with Despert and later writing by Kanner also point to the originality of his observations.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood schizophrenia; History; Infantile autism; Leo Kanner; Louise Despert

PMID:
26231203
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-015-2541-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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