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Unfeeling Malice

Michele Pridmore-Brown: Murdered by Asperger

21 March 2019
Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna 
by Edith Sheffer.
Norton, 316 pp., £20, June 2018, 978 0 393 60964 6
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... and neuroscience. Another fashionable science, genomics, has yielded new understanding about causes. ‘Refrigerator mothers’ used to be implicated; now the pesticide DDT is among the culprits. EdithSheffer argues in Asperger’s Children that, regardless of the science, and regardless of whether autism is one condition or several, it remains steeped in the cultural values of its Nazi origins ...

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