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Shaky Ground

Adam Phillips: Autism and Madness

23 February 2012
Understanding Autism: Parents, Doctors and the History of a Disorder 
by Chloe Silverman.
Princeton, 360 pp., £24.95, November 2011, 978 0 691 15046 8
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What Is Madness? 
by Darian Leader.
Hamish Hamilton, 359 pp., £20, October 2011, 978 0 241 14488 6
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... how autism has become a diagnostic category and why for some people, in autism advocacy groups for example, it isn’t a pathology at all but just a different way of seeing the world. For DarianLeader, the diagnosis and treatment of madness is something we need to get right, and getting it right means using his preferred version of psychoanalysis. Silverman is interested in how agreement is ...

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