Introduction to Neuropathology

  • Manuel F. Casanova
  • Paul H. Patterson
  • Eric London
Chapter

Abstract

Neuropathology is the study of nervous system tissue in terms of either macro- or microscopic alterations. In this chapter we will concentrate on those microscopic alterations at the cellular (e.g., regressive changes, lipofuscin accumulation) and tissue level (e.g., necrosis) that have been variously claimed to be of relevance to autism. The discussions will draw upon the perspective of the author as to their adequacy for postmortem research. Commentaries by senior investigators will discuss the value of neuropathological studies, especially as compared to other research endeavors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel F. Casanova
    • 1
  • Paul H. Patterson
    • 2
  • Eric London
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.151B Beckman Behavioral LaboratoriesCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  3. 3.Autism Treatment Research LaboratoryInstitute for Basic Research in Developmental DisabilitiesStaten IslandUSA

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