Autism Spectrum Disorders

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David Amaral, Geraldine Dawson, Daniel Geschwind
Oxford University Press, USA, Jun 17, 2011 - Medical - 1416 pages
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Autism is an emerging area of basic and clinical research, and has only recently been recognized as a major topic in biomedical research. Approximately 1 in 100 children are diagnosed as autistic, so it is also an intense growth area in behavioral and educational treatments. Financial resources have begun to be raised for more comprehensive research and an increasing number of scientists are becoming involved in autism research. In many respects, autism has become a model for conducting translational research on a psychiatric disorder. This text provides a comprehensive summary of all current knowledge related to the behavioral, experiential, and biomedical features of the autism spectrum disorders including major behavioral and cognitive syndromology, common co-morbid conditions, neuropathology, neuroimmunology, and other neurological correlates such as seizures, allergy and immunology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, and epidemiology. Edited by three leading researchers, this volume contains over 80 chapters and nine shorter commentaries by thought leaders in the field, making the book a virtual "who's who" of autism research. This carefully developed book is a comprehensive and authoritative reference for what we know in this area as well as a guidepost for the next several years in all areas of autism research.
 

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Contents

Autism Turns 65 A Neurologists Birds Eye View
3
Historical perspective diagnosis and classification and epidemiology
15
Core features and developmental trajectories
147
Psychiatric and medical comorbidities
261
Broader autism phenotype
455
Neurobiology
525
Etiology Genetics
667
Etiology Environmental Factors
825
Animal models and theoretical perspectives
893
Treatment approaches
1035
Best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of autism
1269
Public policy
1345
Index
1386
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David Amaral is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Beneto Foundation Chair and Research and Director of The M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California at Davis. Daniel Geschwind is Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Human Genetics andDirector, Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles. Geraldine Dawson is Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks and Research Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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