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Doctor Behind Syndrome Linked To Nazis

23rd April, 2018

[Source: Disability Scoop]

New historical details link the Austrian pediatrician whose name was used to coin the Asperger’s diagnosis, to the Nazi Party and child euthanasia during World War II.

Hans Asperger, who died in 1980, was known for his research in the field of autism, particularly around what was later dubbed Asperger’s syndrome — considered to be a higher functioning form of autism. A study published Thursday in the journal Molecular Autism by medical historian Herwig Czech unearthed new details about Asperger’s life in Vienna and involvement with Nazi efforts to eliminate children with disabilities.

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