Diagnosis of autism

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7433.226-a (Published 22 January 2004)
Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:226.2

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Current epidemic has social context

  1. Sami Timimi, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (stimimi@talk21.com)
  1. Ash Villa, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 8QA

    EDITOR—In their article on the diagnosis of autism Baird et al completely ignore context.1 They focus on an explanation within the child for the rapid rise in rates of diagnosis, implying that the only cultural factor affecting this has been low rates of recognition in the past.

    The immaturity of children may be a …

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