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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. April 2015, Volume 17, Number 4: 287-406

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Ethics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism

Ethics Poll

Do you know anyone who has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?
The causes of ASD are unknown, and few interventions have been shown to be widely effective, so many people use both FDA-approved and complementary and alternative medical treatments. Which of the following do you think help with unwanted symptoms of ASD? Check all that apply.
Do you think ASD is a disability or a non-pathologic variation in neurodevelopment, i.e., an example of human diversity?

From an AMA Journal of Ethics Special Contributor

Making Ethical Progress without Ethical Theories
Dien Ho
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:289-296.

From the Editor

The Autism Paradox
Kathleen K. Miller
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:297-298.

Ethics Cases

Conflicts in Family-Centered Pediatric Care for Patients with Autism
Commentary by Jeffrey P. Brosco
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:299-304.

Autonomy and Autism: Who Speaks for the Adolescent Patient?
Commentary by Rebecca Benson and Catherina Pinnaro
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:305-309.

Communicating Concern about Early Signs of Autism to Parents
Commentary by William D. Graf
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:310-317.

Podcast

Understanding and Treating People with Autism Listen
Interview with Deborah R. Barnbaum

Medical Education

Autism Education in Residency Training Programs
Nili E. Major
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:318-322.

In the Literature

On Risks and Reality: Communicating the Difference between Autism Risks and Diagnosis
Matthew A. Rysavy and Jody R. Murph
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:323-327.

Health Law

Caring for Patients with ASD and Their Caregivers: Federal and State Autism-Specific Insurance Reform
Annemarie M. Kelly
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:328-341.

Policy Forum

A Life of One’s Own: Challenges in the Transition from Childhood to Adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Kayhan Parsi and Nanette Elster
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:342-347.

Medicine and Society

The Myth of the Normal Brain: Embracing Neurodiversity
Thomas Armstrong
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:348-352.

History of Medicine

Mothers and Autism: The Evolution of a Discourse of Blame
Mitzi M. Waltz
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:353-358.

Images of Healing and Learning

Drawing Autism: Showcasing the Artistic Talents of People with Autism
Jill Mullin
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:359-361.

Artwork by People with Autism
D.J. Svoboda, Kevin Hosseini, Noah Schneider, Emily Casanova, and Kay Aitch
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:362-368.

Second Thoughts

Complementary and Alternative Treatment for Autism Part 1: Evidence-Based Treatments
Stephen Bent and Robert L. Hendren
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:369-374.

Complementary and AlternativeTreatments for Autism Part 2: Identifying and Avoiding Non-Evidence-Based Treatments
Alison Singer and Ramita Ravi
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:375-380.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:381-402.

About the Contributors
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:403-406.