Summary and Info
Accurate and thorough, this book provides a wide overview of the current fundamental knowledge accumulating on autism. It includes topics from clinical issues of autism and comorbidities to treatment, with a detailed development of the understanding of the pathophysiology of this disorder. More specifically, papers review in detail the current knowledge regarding coexisting mental and medical health problems, cognitive and social functioning development, and the most recent data accumulating on genetic factors and imaging in autism. Further, the current literature on environmental factors which may increase the risk for autism is summarized. The last chapter provides a fundamental review of early-detection and early-intervention approaches and psychotropic treatments. Each chapter is easy to read, clear, and helps the reader access the most important information regarding the topic. This publication is innovative reading material for medical students, young researchers, and clinicians getting into autism research and care, as well as for advanced researchers looking for an update about topics which are beyond their area of expertise.