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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 10, pp 2020–2021 | Cite as

Did Hans Asperger (1906–1980) have Asperger Syndrome?

  • Viktoria Lyons
  • Michael Fitzgerald
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Who was the man who so eloquently described children with ‘autistic psychopathy’ and who developed treatment and interventions that are still relevant today for those diagnosed with Asperger syndrome?

According to biographical data (Colin, 2006) Hans Asperger was born 100 years ago into a farming family outside Vienna, Austria, the elder of two sons. It has been reported that already from an early age on he showed a specific talent for language and in his first years in school became known for his special interest of quoting Franz Grillparzer, the Austrian national poet, a characteristic he maintained throughout his life. It also appears that he did not make friends easily and that he was considered as being ‘remote’ but in later years he made friends particularly during the time he spent in the youth movement in the 1920s. Although he gave the impression of being clumsy, he liked walking in the Austrian woods and mountains. Asperger studied medicine in Vienna and started...

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Asperger Syndrome German Language Young Brother Person Perspective Positive Trait 
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References

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DublinIreland
  2. 2.Trinity CollegeDublinIreland

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