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Books, Journals, New Media
December 8, 2004

Fiction, Asperger Disorder

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(22):2781-2786. doi:10.1001/jama.292.22.2781-a

“I find people confusing,” writes Christopher John Francis Boone, the 15-year-old boy with probable Asperger disorder who is the fictional author and narrator of this novel. In reality, people also find Christopher, and most children with Asperger disorder, extremely confusing. By writing his own book, Christopher tries to make himself less confusing and, through Christopher’s story, Mark Haddon brings a new perspective to a well-publicized but poorly understood disorder.