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Where did the term "autism" come from?

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Autism comes from the Greek word "autos," which means "self." It describes conditions in which a person is isolated from social interaction.

In the 1940s, researchers in the United States began to use “autism” to describe children with emotional or social problems. Leo Kanner, a doctor from Johns Hopkins University, used it to describe the withdrawn behavior of several children he studied. At about the same time, Hans Asperger, a scientist in Germany, identified a similar condition that’s now called Asperger’s syndrome.

From: What Does the Word ‘Autism’ Mean? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Health24 News: "Autism Through Ages Baffles Science." Autism and PDD Support Network: "History of Autism."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

SOURCES: Health24 News: "Autism Through Ages Baffles Science." Autism and PDD Support Network: "History of Autism."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

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