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The Science and Fiction of Autism

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:205
  1. Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (
  1. Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire

    Autism is thought to affect 60 in 10 000 children and is, in nearly all cases, a lifelong and incurable syndrome. It is, however, compatible with a normal life span, and modern interventions are generating ever increasing financial costs to families and society.

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    Laura Schreibman

    Harvard University Press, £17.95/€23.80/$27.95, pp 288 ISBN 0 674 01931 8

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    A recent US government forecast predicts that in 10 years' time the annual cost associated with autism may be between $200bn …

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