Unstrange minds : remapping the world of autism / Roy Richard Grinker.
By: Grinker, Roy Richard.Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group 2008Copyright date: 2007Description: ix, 340 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780465027644.Subject(s): AUTISM | CROSS CULTURAL COMPARISONS | PREVALENCE | DIAGNOSIS | BIOGRAPHY | CHILD PARENT RELATIONSHIPSGenre/Form: Cross-cultural studies.Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-328) and index.
Introduction: bringing autism into focus -- One in three hundred -- Theme and variation: the "discovery" of autism -- Stigma, shame, and secrets -- Blaming mothers -- The rise of diagnosis -- Autism by the book -- Autism by the numbers -- Isabel in Monet's garden -- Igloos in India -- Breaking the rules -- Half past winter in South Korea -- Becoming visible -- Getting in tune -- Beyond the curve.
"Unstrange Minds documents Grinker's quest to find out why autism is so much more common today, and to uncover the implications of the increase. His search took him to Africa, India, and East Asia, to the National Institutes of Mental Health, and to the mountains of Appalachia. What he discovered is both surprising and controversial: There is no true increase in autism. Grinker shows that the identification and treatment of autism depends on culture just as much as on science. As more and more cases of autism are documented, doctors are describing the disorder better, school systems are coding it better--and children are benefiting. Filled with moving stories and informed by the latest science, Unstrange Minds is unlike any other book on autism. It is a powerful testament to a father's quest for the truth, and is urgently relevant to anyone whose life is touched by one of history's most puzzling disorders." - Goodreads