December 1, 2015, by Elena Nixon
Award-winning book ‘Neurotribes’ examines the history and myths of autism
A few weeks ago, Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes became the first science book to win the prestigious Samuel Johnson prize. In his book, Silberman discusses the change in people’s attitudes towards autism over the years and urges us to refrain from making categorical assumptions about what distinguishes ‘normal’ from ‘abnormal’ behaviour. It is also refreshing to see how Silberman’s theoretical stance makes us realise that if we can understand better the differently-wired autistic brain we can make the world a better place for autism.
The Guardian, Monday 2 November 2015; http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/02/steve-silbermans-neurotribes-is-the-book-families-affected-by-autism-have-long-deserved).
— Dr Elena Nixon, CANDAL Member