AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

Journal of Ethics Header

AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. April 2015, Volume 17, Number 4

Ethics Poll

    What Is Autism?

    The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

    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?
    Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of AMA Journal of Ethics readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.