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Extraordinary People: Understanding Savant Syndrome

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In Extraordinary People, the psychiatrist who was a consultant to the movie Rain Man collects the most fascinating cases of Savant Syndrome both in history and modern times.

Dr. Treffert documents the spectacular abilities in these remarkable people, and describes as well the love, determination and dedication of their equally remarkable families, teachers, and caretakers.

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Paperback, 412 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Backinprint.com (first published January 1989)
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Julie
Jan 27, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book explains the unusual circumstance of "Savant Syndrome" remarkably well. It includes the stories and testimonies of many documented savants both historically and current. It is technical in parts as to the explanation of brain and memory function. It is also inspiring in its look at the study of savants and how that study could benefit society as a whole. I enjoyed reading this book very much.
Bob
Jul 07, 2012 Bob rated it really liked it
Read this many years ago. Fascinating and fun read.
Christine
Feb 26, 2009 Christine rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people wanting to learn more about autism
I bought this book because of my interest in the movie Rain Man. It really only has about one chapter on the movie, but the rest of the book is also interesting. The author explains the nature of savant syndrome and gives portraits of other individuals, some artistically inclined and some musically. It's a bit technical to read, versus a novel style, but I would recommend it for college psychology classes or independent studies.
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