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This second edition of a textbook on autism is the work of two authors who have themselves contributed substantially to the recent improvement in our understanding of the biologic spectrum of disorders subsumed under or affiliated with the term autism. Like any textbook that opts for the advantage of relative unity (here a duet) of style, this volume is best where one or both of its authors is most knowledgeable; conversely, not every chapter has the breadth of coverage of the relevant literature or the depth of understanding that a more specialized author would bring to its topic. Naturally, the reviewer is most aware of errors in chapters nearest to the reviewer's own field, while naively respectful of all statements about biochemistry, metabolism, and genetics. Where reviewer and authors overlap most in expertise, this book is excellent; unhesitatingly, one can use this volume for clinical teaching. Part I ("Clinical Considerations")
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