Autism's mysterious, complex past

Apr 21, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Baker says autism appeared on the medical scene in 1943.
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April is Autism Awareness Month. It’s a condition that’s much examined by the medical community, but still elusive in its causes and treatments. 

Dr. Jeffrey Baker, a pediatrician and medical historian, wrote a historical perspective on autism that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine last fall.

He says that the number of cases of autism started to increase in the 1980s.