Search for Hans Asperger’s original 1944 paper in English: It seems that for some reason there is not a “satisfactory” English version readily available. (Comments by other people searching for it on the Internet) I did find the full text of Child and Adolescent Psychology available at Internet Archive (https://archive.org – I’m finding it impossible to get a working link to this page) This version is dated 2008.
I just began reading the text so “no comment” at this time. WHAT? No comment – well one small note on the sentence below: “They can be highly intelligent and reminiscent of eccentrics with their unusual interests, special skills and unworldliness. ” Perhaps the discussion of pathology could end right here? We are “eccentric” in the view of society; sure – we have our “ways of perceiving and processing the environment” (which in individual “Aspergers” are actually quite diverse) Certain behavior “goes along with” having a distinct HYPOSOCIAL personality. Certain behaviors “go along with” having a HYPERSOCIAL personality. So what?
I’m assuming unworldliness in this case is intended to be (Mirriam Webster): the quality or state of being simple and sincere. (A sure sign of pathology in a social context) Synonyms – artlessness, greenness, guilelessness, ingenuousness, innocence, naiveness, naivety (also naïvety) [chiefly British], naturalness, simplemindedness, simpleness, simplicity, unsophistication, naïveté, viridity
Is Asperger syndrome a syndrome in its own right or is it a form of autism? Sufferers from the syndrome are like autistic individuals in that they show the same kind of
impairments from early childhood; yet they are unlike them in being far more
verbally articulate and socially adapted. They can be highly intelligent and remini-
scent of eccentrics with their unusual interests, special skills and unworldliness.
In this volume several of the major experts in the field discuss the diagnostic
criteria of the syndrome, named after Hans Asperger who first described the
condition in the 1940s, and illustrate their views with case studies drawn from their
clinical practice. These clinical studies are complemented by personal accounts and
placed in a new theoretical framework. Significantly, Uta Frith provides the first
English translation of Asperger’s paper: his work has long been neglected, but his
insights reflect a very modern awareness of the broad continuum of autistic
disorders. They also provide surprisingly practical suggestions on the education and
management of autistic children.
Current opinion on Asperger syndrome and its relationship to autism is fraught
with disagreement and hampered by ignorance. This book gives the first coherent
account of Asperger syndrome as a distinct variant of autism and will undoubtedly
arouse a good deal of debate.
Autism and Asperger syndrome Hans Asperger. From the collection of Dr Maria Asperger-Felder
Autism and Asperger syndrome Edited by Uta Frith MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London
Published in the United States of America by Cambridge University Press, New York
Information on this title:www.cambridge. org/9780521386081
© Cambridge University Press 1991 First published 1991
Nineteenth printing 2008
Printed in the United Kingdom at the University Press, Cambridge
A catalogue record for this publication is available from the British Library
isbn 978-0-521-38608-1 paperback