AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics April 2015

This month in Journal of Ethics

Ethics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism

The level of debate over autism spectrum disorder (ASD) belies its relatively short history among recognized diagnoses. Since the first US use of the term in the 1940s, much disagreement has been voiced about its causes, whether it is an illness or a feature of our neurodiversity, and how best to support those who have the diagnosis. Contributors to the April issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics (JOE) explain current and historical perspectives on these contested issues. We are pleased to have a sample of artwork by people with autism in the April issue of JOE.

Upcoming Issues

May Observing Professional Boundaries

June Ethics in Rehabilitation Medicine

July Patient Care in the ACA Era

August The Bottom Line: The Profit Motive in American Medicine