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Historical Perspective, Diagnosis and Classification, and Epidemiology 

Historical Perspective, Diagnosis and Classification, and Epidemiology

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date: 28 May 2017

There have been huge changes in the understanding of autistic spectrum disorders, and research findings have clarified a range of crucial questions that, at the same time, presents many further challenges. This chapter begins with a summary of some of the main research accomplishments to date, then proceeds to outline a range of challenges that remain. Throughout, there is an emphasis on research findings and research challenges that have potentially important clinical implications.

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