NeuroTribes: Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Popular Science
Paperback Published on: 25/02/2016
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Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Following on from his groundbreaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle while casting light on the growing movement of 'neurodiversity' and mapping out a path towards a more humane world for people with learning differences.

  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • ISBN: 9781760113643
  • Number of pages: 608
  • Weight: 539g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm

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Worthy winner of the Samuel Johnson prize
This is a fascinating and very accessible 'history' of autism, from its first tentative indentification in the 1940's, through decades of trying to define... READ MORE
Richard Keay
Was expecting a lot from this book and am very pleased to say that I was not disappointed. The journalism is of the highest quality, this set of facts, wil... READ MORE
Clive Felgate
Opened My Eyes
This is a challenging and detailed study of attitudes towards and treatments for mental health in the 20th and 21st centuries. There are so many names. Kan... READ MORE
Anthony Day