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(p. 345) Social Aspects of Autism 

(p. 345) Social Aspects of Autism
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(p. 345) Social Aspects of Autism
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0051
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date: 10 April 2020

This is a draft of Winnicott’s paper on autism. He is aware that some of his comments on autism have caused distress, and he sees this lecture as an opportunity to correct some misunderstandings. From Winnicott’s point of view there is no distinction in definition between autism and schizophrenia in childhood. Autism is a paediatric term and, in using it, paediatricians are glancing over their shoulder at emotional disorders which do not readily classify themselves as physical illnesses do. Winnicott also discusses parental guilt.

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