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, Temple Grandin
     
 

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

Overview

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"

Editorial Reviews

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

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885477606
Publisher:
Future Horizons, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
1,190,016
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.05(d)

What People are saying about this

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

 

Meet the Author

Norm and his wife Marsha were professional partners as safety educators, and then business partners in weekly newspaper publishing for fifteen years. With this book, they have renewed their professional partnership, after a hiatus during which they dedicated themselves to full-time parenting. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Allison, and three sons, David, Alfred, and Nicholas.

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