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It’s 25 years since we redefined autism – here’s what we’ve learnt

It’s 25 years since the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) was published.

The manual is the clinical “bible” that defines the criteria for the diagnosis of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions, and was a landmark document for autism spectrum disorder.

  • Andrew Whitehouse
  • The Conversation

The first mention of autism came in the third edition of the DSM in 1980, with the introduction of the diagnostic category of “infantile autism”.

This label was generally only applied to …

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