Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism

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Basic Books, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 340 pages
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Unstrange Minds documents Grinker's quest to find out why autism is so much more common today, and to uncover the implications of the increase. His search took him to Africa, India, and East Asia, to the National Institutes of Mental Health, and to the mountains of Appalachia. What he discovered is both surprising and controversial: There is no true increase in autism. Grinker shows that the identification and treatment of autism depends on culture just as much as on science. As more and more cases of autism are documented, doctors are describing the disorder better, school systems are coding it better--and children are benefiting. Filled with moving stories and informed by the latest science, Unstrange Minds is unlike any other book on autism. It is a powerful testament to a father's quest for the truth, and is urgently relevant to anyone whose life is touched by one of history's most puzzling disorders.

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Review: Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism

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An excellent global view of how important of a role culture has when it comes to getting a diagnosis, treatment, education, and fighting for societies acceptance of people with autism. While I'm not ... Read full review

Review: Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

An excellent global view of how important of a role culture has when it comes to getting a diagnosis, treatment, education, and fighting for societies acceptance of people with autism. While I'm not ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Roy Richard Grinker is Professor of Anthropology and Director, George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research. He is the author of four other books, including the widely acclaimed In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull. He lectures widely at universities and to parents and professionals involved in autism. He lives in Cabin John, Maryland.

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