Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews


“[Edith Sheffer] shows how the Third Reich’s obsession with categories and labels was inextricable from its murderousness; what at first seems to be a book about Dr. Hans Asperger and the children he treated ends up tracing the sprawling documentary record of a monstrous machine…Sheffer has built an impressive case.”
- Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

Asperger’s Children should be read by any student of psychology, psychiatry or medicine, so that we learn from history and do not repeat its terrifying mistakes. The revelations in this book are a chilling reminder that the highest priority in both clinical research and practice must be compassion.”
- Simon Baron-Cohen, Nature

“A superbly researched account…It’s hard to believe that anyone will want to identify with Asperger syndrome after reading Sheffer’s extremely disturbing but very lucid book.”
- Saskia Baron, Guardian

“An impassioned indictment, one that glows with the heat of a prosecution motivated by an ethical imperative...Sheffer dramatically incorporates the voices of the few children who survived the sadistic terrors of the psychiatric regime.”
- Lisa Appignanesi, New York Review of Books

“[Sheffer] writes with extraordinary sensitivity and an understated grace. A historian of Germany and modern Europe, Sheffer’s research is meticulous and wide-ranging.”
- Kate Tuttle, Los Angeles Times

“An absolutely terrifying and fascinating book.”
- Steve Almond, NPR

“As Sheffer suggests at the end of her searing, wonderfully written book, the least that can be done to honour the memory of those children killed in his name is to excise it from popular use.”
- Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times

“This superbly researched book is an important contribution to our understanding of attitudes to autism, and to our knowledge of one of the very darkest episodes in recent human history.”
- Telegraph

“This book is sensational, although its author does not seek sensation. It is a careful work of history, connecting the career of a physician with the intellectual, medical, and political contexts of Austria in the 1930s and 1940s. That world is not our world, but the connections, the habits of mind, speech, diagnosis, are more powerful than we think.  In restoring history to psychology, Sheffer helps us to understand why we classify our children the way we do, and helps us to ask, as we must, just what kind of world we are making for them.”
- Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny and Bloodlands

“Meticulously documented, and chilling in its detail, Asperger’s Children reveals the consequences of the most extreme abuses of clinical power and authority. In the current age of neurodiversity, this essential work will help to ensure that the human rights of people with disabilities will never be disregarded again.”
- Barry M. Prizant, PhD, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

About the Author

Edith Sheffer is a historian of Germany and central Europe, and a senior fellow at the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of the prize-winning Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393609642
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393609646
  • Product Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition (May 1, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 71 ratings
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