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Autism and Creativity: Is there a Link between Autism in Men and Exceptional Ability?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7448.1139-a (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1139
  1. Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (imcclure@vol.scot.nhs.uk)
  1. Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Brunner-Routledge, £29.99/$47.95

    pp 304 ISBN 1 58391 213 4

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    We hear a lot about autism these days, usually in connection with its devastatingly early onset and bleak prognosis. It is therefore of interest when a recognised authority on the subject claims that most of those whom he cites as “the intellectual giants of the twentieth century” (including Einstein, Freud, Yeats, the philosophers Russell and Wittgenstein, and the mathematicians Ramanujan and Turing) had high functioning autism or …

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