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Understanding Autism: Parents, Doctors, and the History of a Disorder
Autism has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years, thanks to dramatically increasing rates of diagnosis, extensive organizational mobilization, journalistic coverage, biomedical research, and clinical innovation. "Understanding Autism," a social history of the expanding diagnostic category of this contested illness, takes a close look at the role of emotion--s ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published November 27th 2011 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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This book is a tour de force of medical ethnography and STS, as Silverman dives deep into the quagmire of autism and returns unsplattered by its many controversies, and with a unique understanding of the inner workings of one of the most complex and confusing medical crisis of the modern era. Silverman develop a theory based on love, on the affective ties that bind families containing an autistic member together, on what inspires therapists in the difficult task of working with children with aut ...more