Review: Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison

“Asperger’s is not a disease,” John Elder Robison writes in his new memoir. “It’s a way of being. There is no cure, nor is there a need for one.”

Asperger’s syndrome is often described as a mild or high-functioning form of autism. The Austrian physician Hans Asperger first described it in the 1940s, but his work was not widely disseminated until Lorna Wing coined the phrase “Asperger’s syndrome” in 1981. According to Tony Attwood, a leading expert on Asperger’s, “A lack of social skills, limited ability to have a reciprocal conversation and an intense interest in a particular subject are the core features of this syndrome.”

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