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Autism, Brain, and Environment

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The increasing number of people being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) cannot simply be explained by changes in diagnostic criteria or greater awareness of the condition. In this controversial new book, Richard Lathe contends that the recent rise in cases of ASDs is a result of increased exposure to environmental toxicity combined with genetic predisposition.

Autism, Brain, and Environment proposes that autism is a disorder of the limbic brain, which is damaged by toxic heavy metals present in the environment. Lathe argues that most ASD children have additional physiological problems and that these, far from being separate from the psychiatric aspects of ASD, can produce and exacerbate the condition.

This important and groundbreaking text provides a closely-argued scientific case for the involvement of both environmental and physiological factors in autism. Lathe's argument will also have a direct impact on treatment strategies and options. It will be of great interest to the scientific community, professionals, researchers, political and environmental lobbyists, teachers, psychologists, and parents and people with ASDs.
  • Published: May 11 2006
  • Pages: 288
  • 242 x 172mm
  • ISBN: 9781843104384
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Press Reviews

  • The Journal of The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, JRSH

    The author covers the problems of recognition and diagnosis, genetic contributions, brain abnormalities, limbic dysfunction, physiological dysregulation, body and mind, biomedical therapy, and links with other disorders, as part of a detailed positioning of this arguments... The argument is concisely presented, extensively referenced and made easy to follow to its conclusion... Overall this is an important book, well argued and referenced. It should be read by all concerned with ASD.
  • Clinical Psychology Forum

    I would recommend this book to psychologists working in the field of ASD who want a clear and well argued introduction to a subject which, although undoubtedly controversial, deserves serious attention.
  • Psychology Teaching Review

    Autism. Brain and Environment provides a new account of the biological basis for autism, with consequences for a wide range of professionals as well as for families.
  • Dr. Bob Walley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

    I would recommend this book to psychologists working in the field of ASD who want a clear and well argued introduction to a subject which although undoubtedly controversial deserves serious attention.
  • The Galton Institute Newsletter

    This densely informative book is a comfort to read. One can browse or follow through. The index is enormous and useful. Definitions are strengthened. Gene and brain variations are covered and the nature/nurture interaction exposed.
  • Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

    This is a well- written user- friendly book. The key points at the end of the chapters give a helpful summary. The book presents a comprehensive overview of the aetiological factors in autistic disorders with extensive bibliography... Richard Lathe makes an excellent case for the interplay of factors and gives an unbiased presentation of the available evidence for all the possible hypotheses in the causation of autistic syndromes. The section on the impact of heavy metal toxicity is particularly interesting... This is an important book that brings together all the current issues in the aetiology of autistic disorders. The chapter on biomedical therapy, subtyping and interventions gives possible ways forward in management which may seem well worth adapting in clinical practise. This is a must- read book for trainees in psychiatry and paediatrics and for practitioners in the field.
  • Journal of Biosocial Science

    Autism, Brain and Environment engages with wider scientific debate and is comprehensively researched.