Ethics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism

The level of debate over autism spectrum disorder 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 explain current and historical perspectives on these contested issues. We are also pleased to have a sample of artwork by people with autism in this issue.

Volume 17, Number 4: 287-406 Full Issue PDF