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Description - American Normal by Lawrence Osborne

Asperger's Syndrome, often characterized as a form of "high-functioning autism," is a poorly defined and little-understood neurological disorder. The people who suffer from the condition are usually highly intelligent, and as often as not capable of extraordinary feats of memory, calculation, and musicianship. In this wide-ranging report on Asperger's, Lawrence Osborne introduces us to those who suffer from the syndrome and to those who care for them as patients and as family. And, more importantly, he speculates on how, with our need to medicate and categorize every conceivable mental state, we are perhaps adding to their isolation, their sense of alienation from the "normal." -This is a book about the condition, and the culture surrounding Asperger's Syndrome as opposed to a guide about how to care for your child with Aspergers. -Examines American culture and the positive and negative perspectives on the condition. Some parents hope their child will be the next Glenn Gould or Bill Gates, others worry that their child is abnormal and overreact.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780387953076
ISBN-10: 0387953078
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lawrence Osborne

Lawrence Osborne has written widely about medical issues for The New York Times Magazine and Slate, and is the author of the travelogue Paris Dreambook and The Poisoned Embrace, a history of attitudes toward sex.

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