Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
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Published By W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN : 9780393609646
Format : Hardback
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"...historian Edith Sheffer's remarkable book Asperger s Children builds on Czech's study with her own original scholarship. She makes a compelling case that the foundational ideas of autism emerged in a society that strove for the opposite of neurodiversity."

--Simon Baron-Cohen, Nature

"...impeccable research...searing, wonderfully written book..."

--Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times

"...a superbly researched account...It's hard to believe that anyone will want to identify with Asperger syndrome after reading Sheffer's extremely disturbing but very lucid book..."

--The Telegraph

"Sheffer's book is excellent on the background to Viennese social and medical attitudes..."

--The Catholic Herald

"... searing new book... [Edith Sheffer's] meticulously researched yet readable account shines a dispassionate light on Asperger as a man actively complicit with Nazi eugenicists carrying out Hitler's child "euthanasia" program."

--The Tablet

"... historian Edith Sheffer has produced a stunning work of scholarship, revealing Asperger's relationship to National Socialism and his role in the extermination of disabled children. In this unputdownable tome, Sheffer reminds us chillingly of the way in which even the best-intentioned professionals fall prey to the political climate in which we practice."

--Therapy Today

"Edith Sheffer's Asperger's Children: The origins of autism in Nazi Vienna is a deeply disturbing, thoroughly researched account that exposes the complicity of Hans Asperger in the murder of children suffering from what he called autistic psychopathy. The recovered voices of some of the children and their desperate parents are particularly chilling."

A ground-breaking exploration of the chilling history behind an increasingly common diagnosis.

In 1930s and 1940s Vienna, child psychiatrist Hans Asperger sought to define autism as a diagnostic category, treating those children he deemed capable of participating fully in society. Depicted as compassionate and devoted, Asperger was in fact deeply influenced by Nazi psychiatry. Although he offered care to children he deemed promising, he prescribed harsh institutionalisation and even transfer to one of the Reich s killing centres, for children with greater disabilities.



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