Neurotribes

Cover-largeNeurotribes - Have you read it? Why not!? This is a fantastic book, though definitely NOT in the light reading category. It is a a long, thorougher, comprehensive history of asd. I found it enlightening and would recommend for any one with an interest in autism to read it. Even though it was heavily factual based, I found myself becoming emotional in sections, especially pre ww2. The anger I felt toward Leo Kanner was fairly intense.

I couldn't help but wonder what our understanding of autism would be today if the war hadn't disrupted Hans Asperger's research and education methodology. I get the feeling we are only just scratching the surface of Asperger's understanding of the broardness of the spectrum.

It was eye opening to read about the atrocities that happened to people with a disability over the past 100+ years.

For me, the book was like reading a book on art history and how each art movement related to the social and political environment. Many books on autism look at autism history in isolation to the social political environment. Neurotribes doesn't do this. It discusses what is happening to the world around and the relationship it has to autism. When you realise that the "refrigerator parent/mother" in the context of Freudian psychology, then of course that theory made sense at the time.

Again, great read, really worth the 15or so hours of reading time. Very comprehensive referencing at the back of the book.