Unstrange Minds

Unstrange Minds

Remapping the World of Autism

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A father's attempt to understand his daughter's autism leads him on a journey around the world to learn how societies view the widely diagnosed disorder.

Perseus Publishing
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.

This global exploration of autism by a scientist--and father of an autistic child--is the first book to show that the "epidemic" holds surprising new promise for better diagnosis and treatment


Book News
Rather than presenting a resource guide for other parents of children with autism, an anthropologist examines cross-cultural views of illness. Grinker (George Washington U.) traces the history of treating this condition from psychoanalysts' labeling it as childhood schizophrenia due to "refrigerator" mothers, to the current view of autism as a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders. He argues that the present "epidemic" reflects a broadened definition rather than increased incidence, and is hopeful that greater awareness, reduced stigma, and improved treatments and education will benefit children like his daughter. The title refers to an e.e. cummings poem. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Perseus Books Group
"When anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker's daughter was diagnosed with autism in 1994, it was considered a very rare disorder, occurring in only about 1 in every 10,000 children. Within ten years, rates as high as 1 in 150 were being reported, and the media was declaring autism an epidemic. 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."

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780465027637
0465027636
Characteristics: vii, 340 p. ; 25 cm

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