The Neurology of Autism

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Overview

In The Neurology of Autism, Mary Coleman, Catalina Betancur, G. Robert DeLong, Christopher Gillberg, Yoshiko Nomura, Lorenzo Pavone, Martino Ruggieri, and Michele Zappella use the tools of neurological analysis to address a number of the major questions that have arisen in the study of autism. The answers they present have important implications for the direction of future autism research, diagnosis, and treatment.

What are the neurological signs and symptoms of autism? The latest information is presented here in an in-depth discussion of epilepsy, cranial circumference, changes in muscle tone, stereotypies, and mutism found in children with autism. In addition, a template is provided for practitioners to follow when conducting neurological examinations of a child with autism. What are the best options for the treatment of autism? The current medical, educational, and alternative therapies are thoroughly reviewed and evaluated. Is autism reversible? The question is explored for syndromic autism, where diseases may have a transient autistic phase, and reviewed in detail for nonsyndromic autism.

Is autism primarily a single disease, as originally described by Leo Kanner? Research presented here suggests that autism is, instead, a syndrome involving many disease entities. Has the incidence of autism been increasing in recent years? A sophisticated, historical review of autism's prevalence rates suggests that it has never been rare. What is the relationship between autism and Asperger syndrome? The latest evidence presented here sheds light on the degree to which both syndromes share more than clinical characteristics; they also have some similar findings in imaging, neuropathological, and genetic studies. Which components of the brain's neural networks need to be impaired to cause the appearance of autistic symptoms? Although there are many candidate regions, dysfunction of the cerebellum and its circuits is noted to be of great interest. Student and professional researchers, practitioners, and parents will find this book to be a valuable resource for both the latest information from basic-science research and its application to the diagnosis and treatment of autism.

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Editorial Reviews

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"At last it is recognised that developmental neurology is the appropriate context in which to explain autism. The authors of this volume, all pioneers in the field, consider new ideas on autism in this context. They succeed in making surprising and illuminating comparisons between autism and neurological disorders whose origin is already known. This work is a significant step towards understanding the causes of autistic disorders." —Uta Frith, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Department of Psychology, University College London

"When and if the secret of autism is teased from the myriad disease states that exhibit the syndrome, it will be through efforts such as are represented in this volume. Dr. Coleman has picked the brains of recognized experts from neurology and related sciences, and has assembled a wealth of up-to-date and meticulously referenced information regarding both those diseases and the core symptoms of autism." —Peter B. Rosenberger, Massachusetts General Hospital

"...authoritative."—The Lancet-Neurology

"The Neurology of Autism is a thoughtful commentary on what we currently know about the brain in autism, and it should serve as an excellent reference for those interested in research on or clinical aspects of autism. The authors are to be commended for presenting a very balanced view of current knowledge; they also indicate what we do not yet understand about brain functioning in autism and provide an important road map for ongoing exploration."—New England Journal of Medicine

"Coleman's new book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in the progress made in understanding the causes of autism. The field owes her a tribute worthy of someone who has transformed an area of neuroscience." —Simon Baron-Cohen in Nature Neuroscience

"[I]nformative and comprehensive in its treatment of the neurologic basis of autism . . . well written and easy to understand . . . the contributing authors have done an excellent job of making complex medical concepts understandable to all. The glossary at the end of the book is extremely helpful in this regard. The book is well referenced, provides helpful tables throughout, and includes a summary of relevant points at the end of each chapter . . . . The authors are to be commended for presenting a very balanced view of current knowledge; they also indicate what we do not yet understand about brain functioning in autism and provide an important road map for ongoing exploration." —Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, M.D., in The New England Journal of Medicine

"[This book] includes up-to-date genetic evidence, underlining the complexities of genetic/environmental influences...I recommend this easy and informative read."—European Journal of Pediatric Neurology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195387766
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/23/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Coleman has published over 100 medical papers and eight medical books, including four on autism. She was educated at The University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington University, with training in adult neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and pediatric neurology at Children's Hospital in D.C.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 A neurological framework 40
3 The cerebellum in autism 75
4 The cranial circumference in autism 91
5 Other neurological signs and symptoms in autism 101
6 The epidemiology of autism 119
7 Disease entities with a temporary autistic phase 136
8 The question of reversible autistic behavior in autism 157
9 The problem of alternative therapies in autism 173
10 An integrated approach to therapy 201
App. A Targeted neurological examination for autism/Asperger
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