The Science and Fiction of AutismBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7560.205 (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:205
- Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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.
A recent US government forecast predicts that in 10 years' time the annual cost associated with autism may be between $200bn …