Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 3–23

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

  • Victor D. Sanua

DOI: 10.1007/BF00709924

Cite this article as:
Sanua, V.D. Child Psych Hum Dev (1990) 21: 3. doi:10.1007/BF00709924


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 autismautismKannersocial classorganicityparental adjustment

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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor D. Sanua
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologySt. John's UniversityJamaica