The history of autism, as you'll learn from Steve Silberman's excellent and important new book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, continues to shape present-day debates about the nature of autism and the lives of persons affected by it.

The book–which I recently reviewed and predict will become a best-seller–offers important insight into how autism came to be the condition it is today. Part medical history, part treatise on the nature of neurodiversity, the book is an engaging and thought provoking read. If you want to learn more about the history of autism, Neurotribes is the place to start.

You may also want to listen to Silberman discuss the book on last week's Fresh Air.  Or just buy it on Amazon.

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