Diagnosing Jefferson: Evidence of a Condition That Guided His Beliefs, Behavior and Personal Associations

Diagnosing Jefferson: Evidence of a Condition That Guided His Beliefs, Behavior and Personal Associations

by Norm Ledgin
     
 

Historians have long remarked on Thomas Jefferson's "peculiarities." But it took author Norm Ledgin, whose son has Asperger's Syndrome, to see what others did not. In this intriguing book, Ledgin carefully constructs a convincing case for the likelihood that Thomas Jefferson had Asperger's Syndrome. He matches Jefferson's behaviors with five diagnostic

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Historians have long remarked on Thomas Jefferson's "peculiarities." But it took author Norm Ledgin, whose son has Asperger's Syndrome, to see what others did not. In this intriguing book, Ledgin carefully constructs a convincing case for the likelihood that Thomas Jefferson had Asperger's Syndrome. He matches Jefferson's behaviors with five diagnostic criteria for Asperger's: social impairment, preoccupation with "special interests," impairment in nonverbal communication, lack of emotional reciprocity, and inflexible adherence to nonfunctional routines. He also addresses other well-known signs of Asperger's, such as failure to recognize social cues, need for calming pressure, and indifference to peer pressure. A fascinating read!

Helpful chaptes include:

  • A Truth Not Self-Evident
  • A Reluctant Celebrity
  • A Logical Choice
  • Separate Realities
  • Magnificent Obsession
  •  "Disastrous Legacy"
  • "Glacial Exterior"
  • Relative Insensitivity
  • The Man in the Red Vest
  • "A More Universal Acquaintance"

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book is fantastic! Talent and intellectual giftedness is often associated with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. There is a continuum from normal to abnormal. A small amount of these traits can provide an advantage in being able to think objectively. Thomas Jefferson used these advantages when helping to create our system of government.”
Dr. Temple Grandin

 

“This work is important on three levels. It presents evidence to substantiate the hypothesis that Thomas Jefferson exhibited symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome….To parents, educators and caregivers who deal with children with Asperger’s Syndrome the book offers hope, reliable information and invaluable experience-based guidance.”
Dr. Richard P. McCormick, Professor Emeritus in History, Rutgers University

 

“This book is good for the serious student of Asperger’s Syndrome. Parents and professionals should encourage the person with Asperger’s to read this to recognize the value such individuals have, and have had, to our society. There are genuine heroes with Asperger’s.”
Dr. Tony Attwood

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885477606
Publisher:
Future Horizons, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
718,705
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.05(d)

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From the Publisher

“This book is fantastic! Talent and intellectual giftedness is often associated with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. There is a continuum from normal to abnormal. A small amount of these traits can provide an advantage in being able to think objectively. Thomas Jefferson used these advantages when helping to create our system of government.”
Dr. Temple Grandin

 

“This work is important on three levels. It presents evidence to substantiate the hypothesis that Thomas Jefferson exhibited symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome….To parents, educators and caregivers who deal with children with Asperger’s Syndrome the book offers hope, reliable information and invaluable experience-based guidance.”
Dr. Richard P. McCormick, Professor Emeritus in History, Rutgers University

 

“This book is good for the serious student of Asperger’s Syndrome. Parents and professionals should encourage the person with Asperger’s to read this to recognize the value such individuals have, and have had, to our society. There are genuine heroes with Asperger’s.”
Dr. Tony Attwood

 

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