Original Paper

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 395-404

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Progress in Understanding Autism: 2007–2010

  • Michael L. RutterAffiliated withMRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London Email author 

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Scientific progress is discussed in relation to clinical issues; genetic issues; environmental issues; and the state of play on psychological treatments. It is concluded that substantial gains in knowledge have been achieved during the last 3 years, and there have been some unexpected findings, but major puzzles remain. We should be hopeful of ever greater gains in the years ahead, but both prevention and cure remain elusive.


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