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Medical News and Perspectives
January 7, 2004

National Autism Summit Charts a Path Through a Scientific, Clinical Wilderness

JAMA. 2004;291(1):29-31. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.29

Washington—Autism advocates say that for decades, all of science has turned away from the mysterious brain disorder, diagnosed now more than ever. Jon Shestack, father of a son with autism and vice president of the advocacy group Cure Autism Now, said he felt like "someone snuck into my home and stole my one-and-a-half year old's mind, leaving his bewildered body behind." If 1 in 250 children were actually being abducted rather than diagnosed with autism, "it would be a national emergency," he said.

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