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Asperger's chilling complicity

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Science  15 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6394, pp. 1192-1193
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat9801

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With the growing prominence of Asperger's syndrome has come increased scrutiny of the man behind it. But until recently, historians writing in English have either skirted Asperger's closeness to the Nazi regime or depicted him as a compassionate physician who used his medical position to rescue disabled children otherwise bound for destruction. The 2016 book In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, by John Donvan and Caren Zucker, began to dismantle this portrait of Asperger. In her new book, Asperger's Children, Edith Sheffer finishes the job.