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May 1995

The Neurobiology of Autism

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Baltimore, Md

Arch Neurol. 1995;52(5):447. doi:10.1001/archneur.1995.00540290033012

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This is an excellent multiauthored volume to which outstanding researchers and thinkers have contributed. A remarkable number of topics are covered in fewer than 250 pages. Along the way, the reader will learn a great deal about the methods applied to research on autism as well as about autism itself. The favorite chapter of this reviewer, in terms of education about brain-behavior relationships, is that of Schmahmann (on the newer concepts of the contributions to cognition of the cerebellum). Chapters 8 and 9 could be given to any neurologist-in-training as a "minitext" on memory.

The breadth and depth of the neuroscience in this compact, easy-to-handle volume protect it against one's only disappointment: the mystery of autism remains unsolved. This is hardly the fault of the contributors or the courageous editors (themselves substantial contributors). The epilogue (chapter 12) in all modesty stakes out a convincing claim that, in the 50 years

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