Author Affiliation: McGill University and Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec.
The number of epidemiological studies of autism has increased in recent
years, including in the United States, where investigators are now catching
up in what has traditionally been a weak area of child psychiatric research
in North America. In this issue of THE JOURNAL, Yeargin-Allsopp et al1 report the findings of a survey, which was funded
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that found a rate of 34
per 10 000 for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among 3- to 10-year-old
children in metropolitan Atlanta.
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