5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The clearest description the of adult AS/HFA available,
This review is from: Autism and Creativity: Is There a Link between Autism in Men and Exceptional Ability? (Hardcover)
I have read a wide variety of web-pages, academic papers and books about Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism (AS/HFA) over the years. Even if one is politically opposed to diagnosing the dead, the opening 3 chapters of Prof. Fitzgerald's book contains the clearest and most insightful description of the psychology of adult AS/HFA available. Prof. Fitzgerald's book is a very welcome contribution in this area, as psychologists are predominantly preoccupied with children and adolescents with AS/HFA.
If one excepts the idea of post-mortem diagnoses, the later chapters act to reiterate and ingrain the description of AS/HFA contained in the opening 3 chapters, by example. In this light, the book is less about diagnosing the dead, on the contrary the book continues to brilliantly elucidate the nature of adult AS/HFA. On this bases, I would highly recommend the book to professionals and university students who wish to gain insight into the minds of adults with AS/HFA.
Finally, as a person with AS/HFA, I found the book particularly encouraging and helpful. I felt I understood myself better. I also recommend the book to people with AS/HFA. Historical people with AS/HFA are not just an inspiration to others with the condition, they demonstrate how to be successful, not despite of AS/HFA but because of it.