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

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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.

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Sanua, V.D. Leo Kanner (1894–1981): The man and the scientist. Child Psych Hum Dev 21, 3–23 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00709924

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Key words

  • Infantile autism
  • autism
  • Kanner
  • social class
  • organicity
  • parental adjustment