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Fred Volkmar, MD

Fred Volkmar, MD

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In 1944, Hans Asperger published a description of 4 boys who had major social problems despite adequate cognitive and verbal skills. His original term for the condition was Autistischen Psychopathen im Kindesalter, usually translated as autistic psychopathy or autistic personality disorder in childhood. His use of the term “autistic” occurred a year after Leo Kanner’s classic description of the syndrome of early infantile autism but, because of the war, Asperger was likely unaware of Kanner’s paper.

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