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Daniel Isn't Talking

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1159
  1. Charles Essex (, consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician
  1. Coventry

    Daniel Isn't Talking is about autism among the chattering classes, a novel that chronicles two ways of coping with a life changing diagnosis, and the breakdown of a marriage when a child has special educational needs.

    Daniel's mother, Melanie, is pursuing every therapeutic option, usually privately, yet unquestioningly adopts unproven and expensive diets.

    Daniel's father, on the other hand, is in denial; he wants the professionals to deal with this, and …

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