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Rapid response to:


Increase in autism is due to changes in diagnosis, study claims

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:364

Rapid Response:

Diagnosis of autism and DSMIV

One wonders that there has not been more mention of the increase in
the diagnosis of autism since the changes in diagnostic criteria published
in DSMIV. It is surely not a coincidence that the apparent increase in
incidence and prevalence has skyrocketed since the publication of
diagnostic criteria that could be applied to multiple conditions and
identified as "autism"

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 February 2004
I. Campbell-Taylor
Assistant Professor
Suite 209, 134 Lawton Blvd. Toronto, ON M4V 2A4