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Author's reply to review of his book on autism

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 10 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:352

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  1. Richard Lathe, neuroscience consultant (
  1. Pieta Research, PO Box 27069, Edinburgh EH10 5YW

    EDITOR—The misrepresentations and omissions in Fitzgerald's review of my book demand correction.1 The book overviews evidence for (and against) the apparent rise in autism and concludes that the increase is probably real—pointing to an environmental risk factor so far unknown.

    A focus of the book is on physiological dysregulation that accompanies and exacerbates autism. It reviews evidence that limbic damage can both cause and reflect physiological problems, with environmental toxins including heavy metals having a causal role, although concluding that …

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