The Complexity of Autism and Issues in Diagnosing the Syndrome

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The Complexity of Autism and Issues in Diagnosing the Syndrome Part II

Although some medical scientists agreed upon the new features discovered and explained by Kanner, others didnt accept his ideas, claiming that autism couldnt be separated from other neurological disorders. Many medical scientists disagreed with Kanner and completely refused to see autism as a distinctive syndrome. This was due to the fact that Kanner failed to clarify various aspects of autism, leaving serious gaps in his research.

By contrast, scientists who accepted Kanners ideas quickly began to apply his model of diagnosis in their psychiatric practice. However, considering the fact that Kanners concept of autism was confusing, most medical scientists who adopted his theories applied the model of diagnosis too widely. Due to misinterpretation of Kanners ideas, more and more people who suffered from neurological disorders were inappropriately diagnosed with autism.

The concept of autism was finally clarified by Rutter in the late 70s. Rutter introduced new terminologies and developed new theories that would adjust the overall interpretation of autism. In an attempt to eliminate the...

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