by Temple Grandin, $22.95, 222 pp, with illus, ISBN 0-385-47792-9, New York, NY, Doubleday, 1995.
The title Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports From My Life With Autism would suggest a first-person account of an individual's experiences with autism. In fact, the book is much more. In it, Temple Grandin, PhD, provides not only a vivid account of her life, but also an extensive overview of the state of knowledge about autism.
The primary focus is, of course, Temple Grandin's experiences as they relate to her life with autism. I have never had the opportunity of attending one of Grandin's many lectures. However, I have heard about them and about her earlier writings for years, and have always wondered how someone who is described as autistic could be so successful at communication. Thus, it was with some skepticism that I undertook to review her book. Having finished it, I am satisfied that her unique personality traits and cognitive idiosyncracies do place her on "the great
Mikkelsen EJ. Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports From My Life With Autism. JAMA. 1996;275(20):1608. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530440088042