Steps Towards the Organization of Services for Autistic Children and Their Families: The Responsibility of Child Psychiatry
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Since Kanner’s first description of infantile autism almost fifty years ago (Kanner, 1943) there has been a prolific and increasing number of both scientific and popular publications about this syndrome. Persons with autism have also been personified in many plays, films or on television. Truffaut’s L’enfant sauvage (based on Itard’s (Itard, 1932) description of Victor, the wild Boy of Aveyron), Hertzog’s Kaspar Hauser or more recently, Barry Levinson’s Rain Man (with Dustin Hoffman) are but a few examples of the strong fascination which the phenomenon of autism arouses in the general public. There seems to be no limits to the growing interest in this mysterious condition (which is certainly out of proportion to its relatively rare occurrence) among both specialists and laymen.
KeywordsAutistic Child Public Health System Public Health Service Child Psychiatry Autistic Disorder
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