Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 3-23

First online:

Leo Kanner (1894–1981): The man and the scientist

  • Victor D. SanuaAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, St. John's University

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Leo Kanner headed the first child psychiatry division within a pediatric hospital at Johns Hopkins University. In 1935 he wrote the first book in English of child psychiatry which is still in print. His writings include both organic and environmental etiologies. He was an idealist, and he fought for liberal causes and emphasized an humanitarian approach in dealing with autistic children.

Key words

Infantile autism autism Kanner social class organicity parental adjustment