Autism Article Summary

This article opened up with Billy, a man from a New England town in the late 1800’s, undergoing a check up from a doctor recording his characteristics and idiosyncrasies with relation to his “idiocy”. The fact that Billy, and many others before the 1920’s exhibited remarkable mental abilities despite their awkward mannerisms with social interactions and comprehension of certain elements in their environments serves as a basis for the article to argue that autism rates might not necessarily be on the rise, rather, its recognition and scope by which it is diagnosed has merely increased.

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