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Medical News and Perspectives
August 17, 2011

Autism Screening Strikes Emotional Chord

JAMA. 2011;306(7):691-692. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1159

After an article that discourages routine autism screening appeared online in Pediatrics, coauthor Jan Willem Gorter, MD, PhD, heard an array of heartfelt responses. “Some people were upset, especially parents with a child with autism,” said Gorter, an associate professor of pediatrics in the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. “I also got responses of parents who had a child mislabeled with autism initially, and that had a huge impact on the parents' life and the child's life.”

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