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Shaky Ground

Adam Phillips: Autism and Madness, 23 February 2012

Understanding Autism: Parents, Doctors and the History of a Disorder 
by Chloe Silverman.
Princeton, 360 pp., £24.95, November 2011, 978 0 691 15046 8
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What Is Madness? 
by Darian Leader.
Hamish Hamilton, 359 pp., £20, October 2011, 978 0 241 14488 6
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... our beliefs about these things are up for grabs in a way that they haven’t been before. For Chloe Silverman, ‘understanding autism’ means understanding how autism has become a diagnostic category and why for some people, in autism advocacy groups for example, it isn’t a pathology at all but just a different way of seeing the world. For Darian ...

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