Letter to the Editor

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 2263-2265

First online:

‘History and First Descriptions’ of Autism: A response to Michael Fitzgerald

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


Letter to the editor in response to Michael Fitzgerald’s controversial allegation that one of the two pioneers of autism—Leo Kanner—may have been influenced by an earlier paper by the other autism pioneer—Hans Asperger—without acknowledging the debt, and that Kanner may even have been guilty of plagiarising Asperger. In correspondence, Professor Fitzgerald has suggested that I “consider doing my take on the matter”. This is it.


Academic ethics Asperger Asperger’s syndrome Autism Kanner