Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 2263–2265

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

Letter to the Editor

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1529-5

Cite this article as:
Chown, N. J Autism Dev Disord (2012) 42: 2263. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1529-5


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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.LeicestershireUK

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